Nation Briefs BUDGET CRISIS HITTING N.J.
TRENTON, N.J.» New Jerseyans were feeling the impact as a state government shutdown took effect Saturday, shuttering parks and other public sites and disrupting ferry service to Liberty and Ellis islands.
Among those affected were a group of Cub Scouts forced to leave a state park campsite and people trying to obtain or renew documents from the state motor vehicle commission, among the agencies closed by the shutdown.
Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Chris Christie and the Democrat-led Legislature returned to the statehouse Saturday to try to resolve the shutdown, the state’s first since 2006 and the first under Christie. It came about after leaders failed to reach an agreement on a new budget by Friday night’s deadline. Empire reported.
The bear ran through two of the men, pushing them to the side of the trail, leaving Elliot and his cousin left in its path, Elliot’s father, Lucas, said.
“There was four of them in a line . My son was third,” Elliot’s father said.
The boy then raised his pump action shotgun and shot the bear with birdshot.
His father said the first shot did nothing, but two more downed the bear and finishing shots by the boy and his uncle killed it.