The shutdown of the federal government has furloughed 800,000 workers nationwide or forced them to work without pay. In New Jersey, more than 5,000 workers are in that boat.
The shutdown is affecting the state in a number of ways. U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez along with U.S. Reps. Albio Sires (NJ-8) and Donald Payne Jr. (NJ-10) have highlighted some of the impacts:
U.S. Coast Guard: The Coast Guard is the only military branch not funded by the Department of Defense. Hundreds of service members from New York Harbor to Cape May are working without pay.
Federal Aviation Administration: Air traffic controllers in Newark are working without pay.
Transportation Security Administration: Hundreds of TSA agents responsible for ensuring safe air travel and screening passengers at New Jersey airports are working without pay.
Federal Housing Administration: New home loans are not being processed. In 2018, 28,400 FHA loans were made in New Jersey.
Small Business Administration: The shutdown threatens the ability of small businesses to access critical financing from the SBA. Last year, it made 2,602 loans to small businesses in New Jersey.
National Parks: Twelve national parks in New Jersey are affected by the shutdown including Sandy Hook, Paterson Great Falls, and the Thomas Edison National Historic Park.