Governor Christie has not yet agreed upon a budget for the state of New Jersey, which means that, as of Friday night at midnight, a state government shutdown was issued. Christie reportedly wants to have a bill that allows the state to take money from reserve accounts from the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto does not agree with this, while members of the Senate and Assembly are on board with Christie. According to NorthJersey.com, this is the first time New Jersey has had a government shutdown since 2006 and that situation lasted for a total of eight days. So, what happens during the time of the shutdown? There are many beaches and offices that are closed, so read on for the list.
– Division of Fish & Wildlife
– Green Acres and Blue Acres Offices
– Office of Dispute Resolution
– Pension and Benefits Offices
– Rest Areas in certain locations.
– State courts
– State offices like the Motor Vehicle Commission (DMVs) are not open.
– State parks, marinas and state golf courses are closed. There are a total of forty-two state parks and beaches, according to Philly Voice. Some of these include:
Allaire State Park
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Bass River State Forest
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Double Trouble State Park
Forked River State Marina
High Point State Park
Hopatcong State Park
Island Beach State Marina
Island Beach State Park
Leonardo State Marina
Liberty State Park (4th of July fireworks concert will be moved to Exchange Place)
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Warren Grove Recreation Area
Washington Crossing State Historic Park
– Travel and Tourism Welcome Centers
– Workers Compensation Courts and the Division of Vocational and Rehabilitation
Also, during the shutdown, if you need a copy of your birth certificate or marriage license, you are out of luck.
Thousands of state workers can expect to be furloughed throughout the shutdown.