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Sen. Menendez, Rep. LoBiondo share thoughts on Government shutdown

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NBC 40 talked with local politicians representing New Jersey in Washington D.C., to get their thoughts on the Government shutdown.

Democratic Senator Robert Menendez had some strong words for House Republicans speaking from the Capital building Tuesday.

"When they come to their senses, I hope it will be today and this will be a real short lived shutdown because there are real economic consequences for shutting down not just for those 800,000 federal employees and their families that are going to be laid off but also for everyone who has to go to some agency of the federal government to have some problem resolved as a result of the shutdown," said Sen. Menendez.

Republican Representative Frank LoBiondo said over the phone he'd like to see more cooperation from everyone involved.

"The President has made a statement that he will not negotiate, he will not talk about anything unless he gets what he wants. We have a group of Republicans that are pretty entrenched in their position, and there's a group of us who are trying to find a way to bridge that gap and see what can be done."

Both men said they do not know when a deal will be reached so that the shutdown can end, but added that they hope it will be soon, so everyone can get back to work.

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