Opinion: Before another shutdown, let’s not repeat Beachgate – Keep our parks open this summer

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ERIC STILES / NJ.COM – It’s been a year since the famous Fourth of July shutdown of New Jersey’s beaches and parks, the victims of Trenton politics.

The governor and the Legislature were unable to pass a balanced budget for fiscal 2018, leading to several days of a frustrating state shutdown, resulting in senseless state park and beach closures. Yes, we all have fond memories of the Gov. Chris Christie memes, as he sat in that famous beach chair on a near-empty beach.

This budget year, we have a different governor. But many of the same issues still exist for fiscal 2019, with threats, once again, of a state-budget impasse …

Eric Stiles is president and CEO of New Jersey Audubon.

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