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New Jersey is the 8th Least Affected by the Government Shutdown – WalletHub Study


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Ridgewood NJ, With the U.S. government closed for business for the 21st time since 1976, this time with a partial shutdown, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the States Most & Least Affected by the 2019 Government Shutdown to add some hard data to all the rhetoric.

WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of five key metrics, ranging from each state’s share of federal jobs to federal contract dollars per capita to the share of families receiving food stamps.

Impact of the Government Shutdown on New Jersey (1=Most Affected, 25=Avg.):

45th – Share of Federal Jobs
31st – Federal Contract Dollars Per Capita
39th – Access to National Parks
43rd – % of Families Receiving SNAP (Food Stamps)

To view the full report, please visit:

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MVC extends expirations following government shutdown

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Updated on July 4, 2017 at 7:46 PMPosted on July 4, 2017 at 4:17 PM


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TRENTON — Motorists whose licenses, learner’s permits, registrations or inspections expired on Friday, before the state was thrown into a three-day government shutdown, will get a two-day reprieve.

The Motor Vehicle Commission said it will give drivers until Thursday to get their documents updated.

Motor Vehicle Commission offices typically open for business Saturday and Monday were closed as part of the government shutdown that also shuttered state-run beaches, parks and courts after lawmakers failed to agree on a fiscal year budget by the July 1 deadline.

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Will Garrett’s Planned Parenthood stance help force fed government shutdown?

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By Jonathan D. Salant | NJ Advance Media for

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett and other members of the conservative Freedom Caucus said Friday that they would not vote for a spending bill that includes funding for Planned Parenthood, a position that could lead to the second federal government shutdown in three years.

Garrett (R-5th Dist.) is a founding member of the caucus of House Republicans and opposed the re-election of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

“Given the appalling revelations surrounding Planned Parenthood, we cannot in good moral conscience vote to send taxpayer money to this organization while still fulfilling our duty to represent our constituents,” the caucus said in a statement. “We must therefore oppose any spending measure that contains funding for Planned Parenthood.”