New Jersey government shutdown

03 Jul 2017 | 06:09

TRENTON — The government of the State of New Jersey shut down all non-essential offices and services Saturday, after the legislature failed to pass a budget. Gov. Christie has signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency which allows the continued function of essential services, such as state police, correctional facilities, state hospitals and NJ Transit.
Among the facilities shut down on this July 4th holiday weekend are all state parks, recreational areas, historic sites and state beaches. Public events in the parks have been cancelled, Camping and swimming are not allowed.
According to the state Department of Environmental Protection, these parks are closed in Sussex County and the nearby area, until further notice:
Abraham S. Hewitt State Forest, West Milford
Allamuchy Mountain State Park, Hackettstown
High Point State Park, Sussex
Hopatcong State Park, Landing
Jenny Jump State Forest, Hope
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Andover
Stokes State Forest, Branchville
Swartswood State Park, Swartswood
If you were thinking of heading down the Shore, Island Beach State Park is closed. Municipal parks and beaches remain open.
Non-essential state offices are closed, as many as 35,000 state employees, according to published reports, are expected to be furloughed.
Motor Vehicle Commission offices and vehicle inspection stations are closed.
Christie and state legislators will convene to confront the impasse Monday morning.