If you plan to visit a New Jersey state park or recreation area this weekend, a state Assembly vote - if it's taken before midnight - will determine whether you'll have the pleasure. The vote either gives New Jersey an operating budget for the fiscal year that starts tomorrow, or sets the stage for a government shutdown. Assembly Speaker Vin Prieto dug in against a stipulation by Governor Christie to use $300,000,000 of surplus held by the state's largest health insuror, for opiate addiction treatment services.


If the deadline passes, closures would take place at Island Beach, Allaire, Monmouth Battlefield Barnegat Light and Double Trouble State Parks, Wharton and Bass River State Forests, Warren Grove Recreation Area, and the Forked River, Island Beach and Leonardo State Marinas.

Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook would be unaffected, as would municipal, county, and privately-operated swim areas, parks, beaches and amusement centers. Next week, MVC and New Jersey's other services and agencies would be idle, along with road projects, and state workers by the thousands would be sleeping in.

On the other hand, the weather is just about entirely on your side for the long holiday weekend, the only glitch being Saturday afternoon, with a chance of late-day showers. There is a moderate rip current risk, and ocean water is still chilly, in the upper 60s.

A disturbing report of child luring surfaces in Old Bridge. Police are looking for a man who apparently tried using fidget spinners, snacks and hats to induce two preteens into his car outside a Quick Chek. See his photo and more details here.

A Manahawkin 17-year-old sustains head and face lacerations after plowing his SUV into a utility pole overnight in Stafford. Police said his was the only vehicle involved. He was ticketed for having no probationary-license decal, driving outside permitted hours, careless driving and failing to maintain a lane.

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