Budget battle puts NJ on brink of shutdown
Last year, a partisan standoff led to a shutdown of the New Jersey state government. This year, the Democrats have full control in Trenton, yet the government was on the brink of another shutdown Saturday, as Gov. Philip D. Murphy and the state Legislature struggled to broker a budget deal by a deadline of midnight Saturday.
If the negotiators are unable to reach a deal, they would be forced to close state-run parks and beaches, as well as courts and the Motor Vehicle Commission.
A potential shutdown would also hamper the nascent sports betting operation in New Jersey.