Here’s what’s OPEN and CLOSED during New Jersey’s current government shutdown

Budget talks between Governor Chris Christie, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto fell apart Friday when the Speaker failed to support a bill to make over the state’s largest health insurer.

The impasse led to the shutdown of all nonessential government services Saturday. Here’s a list of what’s open and closed, during the current shutdown.

Budget talks between Governor Chris Christie, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto fell apart Friday when the Speaker failed to support a bill to make over the state’s largest health insurer.

The impasse led to the shutdown of all nonessential government services Saturday. Christie signed Executive Order No. 228, ensuring the “activities  required  to  protect  life,  health,  safety,  and property” will continue.

Here’s a list of what’s open and closed, during the current shutdown. 

Department of Environmental ProtectionAll 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 cancelled.

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 on-line services will not be impacted); NJ Geologic Survey; and Rebuild by Design projects.

Department of Transportation The rest areas on I-295 in Deepwater, Salem County and on I-80 in Knowlton, Warren County will be closed. Construction will continue, as will emergency repairs and some roadside safety services.

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission All MVC agencies and inspection stations will be closed. Online services will still be available.

Department of Law & Public Safety Administrative offices will be closed but some Juvenile Justice Commission operations, State Medical Examiner Offices, and other public safety operations will continue.

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 LaborTemporary 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.

Unemployment Insurance and disability determination services will remain operational.

Department of Children and FamiliesChild 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 AffairsInspections related to construction codes, fire safety, fairs and fireworks displays will continue, however some public services will not be available.

Department of CorrectionsPrisons and halfway houses will remain operational, although some inmate services will be impacted.

Department of EducationKatzenbach 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.

New Jersey casinos and race tracks will be open and the state lotto will continue, ’cause ya can’t win if ya don’t play.

Christie promises that the Legislature will work through the weekend to resolve the budget debate.

Executive Order No. 228 can be read in full below.

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