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Island Beach State Park to Reopen Tuesday; Budget Deal in Place

Island Beach State Park (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Island Beach State Park (Photo: Daniel Nee)

All state parks, including Island Beach State Park, will reopen Tuesday, as a state budget deal has been hatched, Shorebeat has learned.

Gov. Chris Christie will announce the deal at 11 p.m. Monday at a press conference.

According to contacts at the state Department of Transportation, “the State Park Service is now engaging its parks re-opening plan for the Independence Day holiday on Tuesday.”

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Island Beach State Park, and Liberty State Park, the two most high-profile parks during the July 4 holiday, will be open. The closure of Island Beach, in particular, caused a social media uproar after a newspaper rented a plane and caught photos of Christie and his family relaxing on the very beach that was closed to the public. The governor has two seasonal residences – one on the ocean and one on the bay – in the park.

Visitors are encouraged to consult with the New Jersey State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites Facebook page (, where alerts will be posted as each location reopens on Tuesday.