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■ New Jer­sey

Gov. Chris Christie’s Fourth of July week­end trip with his fam­ily to a pub­lic beach that was closed dur­ing a gov­ern­ment shut­down drew on­line mock­ery and in­ter­na­tional head­lines. Now it’s led to a pro­posed law to stop it from hap­pen­ing again. On Mon­day, the state’s Demo­crat-led Assem­bly passed a mea­sure that would force the gov­er­nor’s beach house to close dur­ing a shut­down. The Assem­bly ap­proved a sec­ond mea­sure to keep state parks open. Those bills still need to be de­bated in the state Se­nate and signed into law by the Repub­li­can gov­er­nor. His spokesman de­clined to com­ment on the mea­sures, re­fer­ring to of­fice pol­icy not to com­ment on pend­ing leg­is­la­tion. While Christie made vi­ral head­lines Mon­day over an ar­gu­ment Sun­day with a Chicago Cubs fan while hold­ing nachos in Mil­wau­kee, the Assem­bly re­turned the fo­cus on Christie’s pre­vi­ous in­ci­dent. As­sem­bly­man John Wisniewski, a Demo­crat who pro­posed the mea­sure to close the beach house dur­ing shut­downs, said: “Hav­ing it open to the gov­er­nor and his guests while it’s closed to all the other New Jer­sey res­i­dents who are pay­ing for them to be there isn’t right, and it isn’t fair.”

■ A Bri­tish tele­vi­sion chan­nel Mon­day de­fended its de­ci­sion to broad­cast record­ings of Princess Diana can­didly dis­cussing her per­sonal life, af­ter some royal watch­ers called it a be­trayal of the late princess’s pri­vacy. Chan­nel 4 said the video­tapes, made in the early 1990s, are an “im­por­tant his­tor­i­cal source” and place Diana “front and cen­ter” in her own story as Bri­tain marks 20 years since her un­ex­pected death. The chan­nel said that al­though the record­ings were made in pri­vate, “the sub­jects cov­ered are a mat­ter of pub­lic record and pro­vide a unique in­sight into the prepa­ra­tions Diana un­der­took to gain a pub­lic voice and tell her own per­sonal story.” Por­tions of the record­ings were broad­cast by U.S. network NBC in 2004, but they have never been shown in Bri­tain. They fea­ture her in a Chan­nel 4 doc­u­men­tary that is to air Sun­day. Diana Spencer mar­ried Prince Charles, heir to the Bri­tish throne, in 1981, and the cou­ple had two sons, Prince Wil­liam and Prince Harry. They sep­a­rated in 1992 and di­vorced in 1996, the year be­fore Diana died in a car crash in Paris at age 36. The record­ings of Diana talk­ing to voice coach Peter Set­te­len were made at the princess’s Kens­ing­ton Palace res­i­dence, and in­clude dis­cus­sion of her fail­ing mar­riage and Charles’ re­la­tion­ship with his then-mis­tress Camilla Parker Bowles. For­mer royal spokesman Dickie Ar­biter told Sky News that it was “ab­so­lutely shame­ful” that the tapes were be­ing broad­cast, say­ing Diana’s fam­ily would find it “very hurt­ful.”

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