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Government Shutdown Ripples Through New Jersey

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
October 1, 2013

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New Jersey’s 9 national parks are closed today as a result of the Federal Government shutdown, but just how else will the state be affected?

The first government shutdown in 17 years could affect more than 30,000 federal employees in New Jersey. Small business loans are now inaccessible and programs that provide supplemental nutrition for women and children have already come to a halt. Congressman Donald Payne Jr. says the effects of the shutdown may not be immediately evident to most residents but says in the coming weeks they will be.

“People don’t realize the scope of this government sometimes until you get into the detail and explain what it means on a day to day basis of what happens in this country and right now the nation is being held hostage by 30 members of the House of Representatives.”

Payne says if a resolution doesn’t come soon there could be a serious impact on the local economy.

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