New Jersey Governor Christie shuts down state government as  budget issues continue
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at a town hall event in Hillsborough. (Bob Jagendorf/Flickr)

TRENTON -- Gov. Chris Christie at the stroke of midnight Friday ordered a state government shutdown after a last-ditch effort to reach a compromise with Democrats who control the New Jersey Legislature on funding a new state budget failed. "This order is necessary to maintain the protection, safety and well-being of the people of New Jersey…