With the partial federal government shutdown in affect, New Jersey will see some places closed and offices locked up.
This morning sees nearly 40% of the US Attorney’s Office staff home on furloughs, though civil prosecutions will continue. All Gateway National Recreation Areas will be closed as well including Sandy Hook, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Most employees will be given four hours to clean off their desks and offices, power down their phones and set their “out of office” minders.
Not all sectors of the government will be completely affected. Mail will continue to be delivered as will Social Security and Medicare checks. Most Head Start Preschool classes will remain open and in session but the regional offices of the program will be closed.
Governor Christie has yet to lay out a plan for the state if the furloughs are prolonged. Spokesman Michael Drewniak stated that “we’re still hopeful that a resolution can be reached.”
The governor has noted that partial blame is to be put on leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives while partial blame is also the fault of President Obama. This is the first federal government shutdown in 17 years.