When New Jersey comes to a standstill, tens of thousands of civil servants are expected to be phased out – and many more would have to continue despite the blockade.
But which of them is being paid? And get Governor Phil Murphy and state legislators – whose disagreements in the state budget are drama – still a paycheck?
Nobody has ever lost their pay at a standstill. Everyone was paid – at least at some point – the last two times led to a budget dispute.
Murphy and his fellow Democrats, who control the state legislature, are arguing over what taxes should be levied to increase funding for education, transportation, pensions, and more.
If they can not agree by midnight on Saturday ̵
Murphy would decide which shutters. He was able to temporarily shut down state parks, state beaches and some state agencies – such as motor vehicle offices – until he and the legislature reached an agreement.
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That is, everyone who works there is scrapped. Between 30,000 and 35,000 civil servants were decommissioned last year.
State police and other employees who were considered "substantial" would probably keep their job.
The last two times that the state government had closed in the context of budgetary struggles, the laid-off workers in the end received a wage back.
In 2006, Corzine ordered that they receive this money.
Just before the closure of last year, Christie warned that he would not do that.
"That was Jon, I'll fight for a good contract for you, Corzine," said Christie, a Republican, about his Democratic predecessor. "I am not him."
But a few weeks after the shutdown, Christie signed a law granting workers retroactive pay.
"This bill rightly recovers the wages lost by our hardworking ordinary civil servants, who were not responsible for the three-day closure of the government, which affected services and harassed our citizens, when the adoption of a 2018 budget ceased became the legislature, "Christie said in a statement at that time.
What would be opened and closed during a shutdown
This law was just for their shutdown. And Murphy has not yet said whether retired workers would receive a refund.
The Communication Workers of America, the largest state union in New Jersey, had employees every day last year when Christie refused to come back and the matter ended up in court.
Hetty Rosenstein, the union's state director, said they would do it again if there was a shutdown this year.
NJ Advance Media contributor writer Samantha Marcus contributed to this report.
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