Some state workers might be reimbursed for unexpected furlough days resulting from the three-day state government shutdown. Governor Christie indicated that he is in discussion with Civil Service Commission leaders about an exception to standing rules.

Budget Presser
Tim Larsen

The most overt change resulting from the budget standoff that led to the shutdown takes place at the state's largest health insuror, Horizon Blue Cross-Blue Shield, which will undergo changes in its board of directors and be subject to greater transparency and scrutiny in its financial operation. If its risk-based capital reserve exceeds 725 percent, the balance would be refunded to ratepayers. The reserve is currently below 600.

The Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant in Lacey Township remains out of service, pending repairs to what officials said was a system breakdown in the non-nuclear side of the operation. The generating station went off-line Monday.

Organizers of Middletown's historical "Walking Tours," encouraged by the turnout of 50 visitors for the inaugural stroll, schedule the second in the series this Saturday, July 8. The two-hour trek recounts the stories behind nearly 199 structures, some of which have roots in the 17th Century, many still entirely intact from the 18th Century. The New Jersey Historic Trust partly funds the initiative.

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