The partial state government shutdown that closed state parks and beaches for most of the holiday weekend was the result of a disagreement among elected officials over imposing changes at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield...not the actual budget itself.

The compromise worked out among officials that's now law is far less sweeping than the governor or senate had sought.

Almost forgotten or lost in all the noise over the budget, was a plethora of bills passed by the legislature Governor Christie must now take a look at and consider.

Among them is a bill that would regulate and tax fantasy sports leagues such as Fan Duel and Draft Kings.

The companies who run daily fantasy leagues would have to pay a 10.5-percent tax on profits and register as an online gambling company.

Ground-based sparklers, party poppers and snappers may now be legal in the Garden State but that doesn’t mean safety goes out the window this summer.

Dr. Robert Sweeney, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, says unless you’re a professional you should avoid shooting off dangerous fireworks for your own safety.

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