Dustin Racioppi NorthJersey Published 12:14 p.m. UTC Jul 1, 2018 New Jersey went 219 years without the governor ordering a state shutdown. But the state has blown its budget deadline over the years, though, and in 1976 Brendan Byrne ordered the state Supreme Court to close all public schools — albeit for summer courses — amid a dispute of education funding. Thanks to an impasse over state spending and tax increases, Gov. Phil Murphy was just hours away Saturday from joining a club that so far has just two members: Jon Corzine and Chris Christie. They are his two immediate predecessors. But Murphy was able to work a deal with Democratic lawmakers and agree to a budget that raises taxes and boosts spending. New Jersey’s Constitution forbids the state from spending money except for “appropriations made by law.” Before Corzine shut down the government in 2006, governors didn’t interpret this provision as requiring them to … [Read more...] about NJ government shutdown 2018: Averted this year, but take a look at every time its happened
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Charles Stile NorthJersey Published 9:42 p.m. UTC Jun 30, 2018 As the state once again faces a government shutdown, New Jersey's top two Democrats are playing out a tax fight that's become cloaked in class warfare. Gov. Phil Murphy, who spent most of his career mingling among, and making money with, Wall Street titans, is taking a soak-the-rich approach to fellow millionaires. It's time for them to pony up and pay "their fair share," Murphy argues. "New Jersey's millionaires are making out just fine,'' Murphy said Friday after all-day talks with the legislative leadership collapsed. "They were protected by Governor Christie and they are receiving a significant tax break from President Trump. This is crunch time." On the other side stands Senate President Stephen Sweeney, the burly ironworker and union official. Sweeney has emerged as the millionaires' chief protector, even though Sweeney voted five times to boost the millionaires tax during the tenure of his … [Read more...] about NJ government shutdown 2018: Class warfare at heart of drama over tax increases
Scott Fallon NorthJersey Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Jun 30, 2018 Gov. Phil Murphy's administration would not say Friday whether its contingency plans for a government shutdown include closing state parks and beaches next week during one of the busiest times of the year for the system. A spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection said a decision has not been reached on whether to shut the state's 42 parks including Island Beach State Park where former Gov.Chris Christie was photographed lounging last year during a three-day shutdown while the beach was closed to everyone else. "It's still very much a fluid situation when it comes to everything including the parks," said Larry Hajna, a DEP spokesman. "We're making contingency plans but we're not in a position to announce them." Murphy has indicated he would shut down the state government if a budget agreement cannot be reached with the Legislative leaders by its Saturday … [Read more...] about NJ government shutdown 2018: Will state parks and beaches close again?
Jessica Presinzano NorthJersey Published 11:42 p.m. UTC Jun 27, 2018 It's the end of June and there's a familiar feeling in the air. The fiscal year is coming to a close and with it, a government shutdown looms over New Jersey. Yes, we've been here before — just last year actually, when the government shut down for three days before legislators reached a compromise on the budget on July 3, 2017. The average resident probably doesn't remember the size of the budget, or what exactly last year's disagreement was about. Instead what comes to mind are foiled Fourth of July plans and rushing to the MVC in the early morning only to find the building dark, closed due to the shutdown. Just days away from another shutdown, it's possible last year's scenes of shuttered state agencies and deserted parks and beaches could make another appearance. The story continues below the poll. Although New Jerseyans weren't making memories on state beaches and parks … [Read more...] about We’re still not over the 2017 New Jersey government shutdown
With Gov. Murphy and the legislature deeply at odds over the state budget, New Jersey may be on course for a second consecutive government shutdown. If a deal is not reached before midnight on Saturday, here’s what folks can expect: No access to state beaches or parks (unless you’re the governor, of course) In 2017, Gov. Christie was the subject of widespread outrage when he was photographed lounging at Island Beach State Park during the government shutdown. Island Beach was closed to the public last year, and it will be shuttered this year along with Cheesequake State Park if the government fails to pass a budget. In addition to the two state-owned beaches, New Jersey’s state parks and state-owned historical sites will be off-limits to the public. But it’s not all bad news for beachgoers — municipal beaches and parks would still be open. State employees could get an extended summer break Non-essential state employees were furloughed in … [Read more...] about Worried about a potential New Jersey government shutdown? Here are eight ways you would be affected