MORRISTOWN, N.J. - It happened. 

Independence Day, Parks and...Government? These are typically not three words you would use in a sentence. 

At midnight last night, 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.

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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  all residents of our great state? The following closings will apply:

The list of state locations that would be affected includes Motor Vehicles, Unemployment, State Parks and various other marinas and golf courses

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