FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. - It happened.
Independence Day, Parks and...Government? These are typically not three words you would use in a sentence. However, when state politics become hyperlocal, TAPinto Franklin Township is there for you.
Don't worry none of the fireworks mentioned here are state run.
At midnight tonight, the daily operations of the State of New Jersey shut down. The elected leaders of the State of New Jersey did not pass a new mandatory budget. This does not include police and emergency services and areas involving the health, welfare and safety of the public. Also known as 'essential services', these services will continue with no change.
What do you need to know? Local families planning to travel to state parks and utilize state services will be immediately impacted this morning. Broadly speaking, other than essential services, the State of New Jersey is Closed.
Ironically, while the politicians gamble in Trenton, the gamblers in Atlantic City won't have to worry. They have been declared essential personnel in the sixth executive order of Christie's first term.
During a press conference on Thursday, Gov. Chris Christie talked about closing state parks and state beaches as early as Saturday.
Please view the videos below from both sides of the political aisle.
Now, what does that mean to Franklin and all residents of our great state? The following closings will apply:
The list of state locations that would be affected includes Motor Vehicles, Unemployment and:
- Island Beach State Park and Marina
- Cheesequake State Park
- Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
- Cape May Point State Park
- Allaire State Park
- Bass River State Forest
- Wharton State Forest
- Monmouth Battlefield
- Princeton Battlefield
- Wharton State Forest
- Round Valley Recreation Area
- Various other marinas and golf courses
All state offices are closed as well.
Here’s a full list of how each state department will be impacted:
Department of Environmental Protection: All state parks, recreation areas, forests, and historic sites, including Island Beach State Park and Liberty State Park, will be closed; all public events within state parks and historic sites will be canceled. The following will also be closed: permitting offices for Air, Historic Preservation, Land Use, Site Remediation, Solid Waste, and Water Supply; Green Acres and Blue Acres offices; Office of Dispute Resolution; Office of Permit Coordination; most of the Division of Fish & Wildlife (Wildlife Management Areas and online services will not be impacted); NJ Geologic Survey; and Rebuild by Design projects.
Department of Transportation: Construction will continue, as will emergency repairs and some roadside safety services. The rest areas on I-295 in Deepwater, Salem County and on I-80 in Knowlton, Warren County, will be closed.
Department of Law & Public Safety: Juvenile Justice Commission operations, State Medical Examiner Offices, and other public safety operations will continue, but some administrative offices will be closed.
Department of Health: The public will not be able to obtain copies of birth and marriage certificates, or copies of adoptees’ original birth certificates. No new certifications or renewals will be issued for EMTs, paramedics or Certified Nursing Assistants.
New Jersey Department of Labor: Unemployment Insurance and disability determination services will remain operational. Temporary Disability Insurance claims, Wage and Hour claims, and Family Leave Insurance claims may be filed, but they will not be processed. One Stop Career Centers (state not county services) will be closed; Workers Compensation Courts will be closed. Division of Vocational and Rehabilitation Services will be closed.
Department of Children and Families: Child abuse hotlines, protection services and response teams will continue to operate. Schools for children with special needs will remain open.
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs: Veteran’s Haven North and South will remain in operation and National Guard will remain on call.
Department of Banking and Insurance: All offices will be closed except the IURO (health insurance internal appeals program).
Department of Community Affairs: Inspections related to construction codes, fire safety, fairs and fireworks displays will continue, however some public services will not be available.
Department of Corrections: Prisons and halfway houses will remain operational, although some inmate services will be impacted.
Department of Education: Katzenbach School will remain open. Phone help desks, customer service, and all other related staff-based assistance functions will be unavailable and all core public functions will be closed.
Economic Development Authority: EDA will not process any payments to businesses from any program (such as the Business Employment Incentive Program) which funding source needs to be authorized by the FY 2018 Appropriations Act.
Department of State: The travel and tourism welcome centers will be closed.
Department of the Treasury: July 1 pension checks have been processed and mailed. Taxation call centers and walk-in facilities will be closed. The Division of Risk Management will be closed, however the scheduling of medical appointments, treatments and services for injured workers will remain ongoing. The Division of Pensions and Benefits will be closed, although it will continue payment of health provider claims and life claims, and continue to process changes to family status for health benefits.
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