How the NJ government shutdown could affect your holiday weekend

Posted at 10:50 PM, Jul 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-02 09:17:46-04

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — David McAllister doesn't care about Governor Christie's budget battles with the state legislature this Fourth of July weekend, but this Belleville resident does care about his boat that he now can't enjoy because Liberty State Park has been temporarily shuttered.

"Get it done, Christie," McCallister told PIX11.

"Lot of families are disappointed," McCallister added. "I have my boat here and I can't get my boat, no good," he added.

As of midnight July 1, all nonessential state services have been shut down in New Jersey because of a standoff between Governor Christie and democratic assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto.

The Republican governor wants to include legislation in the budget to change the way the states largest health insurance, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield does business in New Jersey.

But the speaker says the plan could lead to rate hikes and should be separate from the budget.

Back at the edge of Liberty State Park, the Rodriguez family of Wayne had relatives visiting from Guatemala who wanted to see the Statue of Liberty from Liberty State Park, but they, like all these other cars filled with people, were being turned away.

"It's a shame," Sylvia Rodriguez, Wayne resident, told PIX11. "Especially around the Fourth of July, people want to come here and celebrate."

Christie and the Legislature will reconvene at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Below is a list of services are closed during the shutdown:

  • State-run parks, recreational areas, forests, camping areas, historic sites and beaches. This includes Cheesequake and Island Beach and Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Here's the full list of parks that are closed.
  • If the shutdown continues into the business week, state offices will close starting on Monday. This excludes state police troopers, hospital employees and correctional workers.
  • Motor Vehicle Commission agencies and inspection stations are closed. You won't be able to get your license or renew your registration.
  • Pension and taxation offices close starting Monday. Payments of health provider and life claims will go on despite shutdown.
  • State courts close beginning Monday, except in emergency cases.
  • Travel and tourism welcome centers are closed.
  • You won't be able to obtain copies of birth and marriage certificates from the state department of health starting Monday.
  • Temporary disability and family leave insurance claims won't be processed.

These state services will continue on:

  • State police and national guard will remain on duty.
  • NJ Transit will operate as normal.
  • Patrons can continue purchasing New Jersey Lottery tickets.
  • Casinos and racetracks remain open.
  • Road work will go on and motorists still have to pay tolls.
  • Unemployment centers stay operational.
  • Hospitals, treatment facilities, state prisons and halfway houses won't close.
  • Public school and colleges remain open.
  • State's child services will continue its child abuse and neglect investigations and emergency response. Their 24-hour hotline will remain open as well.