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New Jersey Government Prepares for Possible Shutdown

| June 14, 2012 2:27 PM video

On June 13, New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno helped swear in a new class of state  corrections officers. These people would keep working if state government shut down, which would happen if officials don’t adopt a state budget by July 1. So would the state police and other essential personnel.

But most state offices would close. The Motor Vehicle Commission would be dark, state parks and state beaches shut down and no state lottery.

It wouldn’t be the first time New Jersey’s government shut down. Former Treasurer Dave Rousseau was the Senate president’s budget officer during the 2006 shutdown.

“It’s disruptive to the employees who don’t know whether or not they if they’re coming to work, that could potentially lose days’ pay,” Rousseau said. “It’s very disruptive if it happens.”

WATCH VIDEO:

NJ Today’s Michael Aron speaks with former Treasurer Dave Rousseau and former top aide Bill Castner about the consequences of a government shutdown if officials do not adopt a state budget by July 1. Video courtesy of NJ Today.

The 2006 shutdown closed the state court system for eight days and 31 state departments and agencies. Forty-five thousand employees out of 80,000 were furloughed at places like the Department of Health and the Department of Labor.

If it were to happen again, most employees at the Department of Law and Public Safety and the Department of Community Affairs, among many others, would stay home.

Read more at NJToday

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