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Government shutdowns in several states could keep you from watching Fourth of July fireworks in the park


New Jersey, Maine and Illinois are all facing at least partial government shutdowns as the July Fourth holiday approaches, which could affect travel plans.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie shut down nonessential state services, like parks and motor vehicle offices, Friday after he and lawmakers failed to agree on terms to enact a $34.7 billion budget. The shutdown was partially due to a feud between Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Christie over funding for the state's largest health insurer, the not-for-profit Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Christie signed a state of emergency, which allows essential government services like the state police, correctional facilities and state hospitals, among other things to remain open, CNN reports. That, however, isn't the case for the state's 40 state parks, recreational areas, historic sites and state beaches, many of which, had planned to host events over the holiday weekend.

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop posted to Facebook saying that because of the partial shutdown, the city's Fourth of July events had to be moved to a different location.

"I'm not willing to risk waiting around for the state government to act," Fulop wrote.

Despite the shutdown, Christie is using a state helicopter to travel back and forth from his home to Island Beach State Park, where his family is staying.


Illinois has entered its third consecutive fiscal year without a budget.


As a result, the state's road construction has slowed and if the shutdown lasts until August, school funding, state payroll and pension payments could also be affected, Comptroller Susana Mendoza told Bloomberg.

"If the legislature fails to send a balanced budget package to my desk by Friday, we will have no choice but to keep them in session until they get the job done," Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner wrote on Facebook.


Maine, which is also a popular place for summer tourists, is also in the midst of a partisan fight over its state budget.

"I submitted a budget more than six months ago -- six months ago -- yet Democrat politicians in Augusta are attempting to blame the governor’s office for a shutdown," Gov. Paul LePage posted on Facebook. All non-emergency government entities are shut down, but CNN reports that state parks managed by the Bureau of Parks and Lands in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will stay open.

ABC News reports that House Republicans blocked a budget compromise Friday night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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