PISCATAWAY, 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 becomes hyperlocal, TAPinto Piscataway is there for you.

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.

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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 Piscataway 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. follow us on facebook for updates at http://facebook.com/tapintoholmdelandcoltsneck