New Jersey Government Shutdown: What Will Close and What Will Stay Open?

TRENTON, New Jersey (WABC) – New Jersey officials face a deadline Saturday to pass a balanced budget or face a shutdown, as Gov. Phil Murphy and lawmakers continue to challenge tax rates and sales tax percentages.

Here’s what New Jersey residents need to know:

What is the deadline?

Murphy has until midnight June 30 to sign a budget.

What are the main sticking points?

Governor Murphy has said he will veto the Democratic-led Legislature’s $36.5 billion budget because it does not contain enough tax revenue.

The governor has pushed for an income tax hike for people who earn more than $1 million a year. He also wants to restore the sales tax to 7%.

What will be closed?

It is ultimately up to the governor to decide which services are “essential and non-essential”.

During a state shutdown last year, Governor Chris Christie closed all state-run parks, forests, camping areas, historic sites and beaches.

Motor Vehicle Commission offices are subject to closure.

What will remain open?

Casinos and racetracks will continue to operate for up to seven days in the event of a government shutdown.

Last year, Governor Christie called the lottery an “essential” service.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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