Have You Missed New Jersey State Government?
So far we’ve learned about 45,000 state employees are considered non-essential, NJ Transit and toll roads toll roads are not affected because they are not directly funded by the state budget, casinos pay directly for state monitoring personnel and most beaches won’t close because cities and towns manage almost all of them. Road construction has been halted, but who wants that aggravation added to heavy holiday traffic.
Should the state government shut-down continue past the Fourth of July holiday weekend, we’ll miss road maintenance, fully staffed courts of law and the Motor Vehicle Commission. Other than that, all other essential state services will continue.
This might be an excellent time to take stock of the non-essential services the people of New Jersey would prefer to live without. A real-time, zero-based budgeting Governor Jon Corzine promised, but failed to deliver. Of course this is exactly why the shut-down won’t last long; it would become apparent the state is wasting billions of taxpayer dollars