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All of New Jersey’s state parks, including the 17 with camping facilities, reopened on Sunday, ending a week-long shutdown caused by the state’s financial crisis, the Associated Press reported.
The parks were the latest state services to resume operation after lawmakers Saturday approved a compromise $30.62 billion budget, a week after a constitutionally-mandated July 1 deadline passed, triggering Gov. Jon Corzine to shut down nonessential government services
“The weather is in our favor and in the public’s favor. We’re happy that the public is able to use the park resources again,” said Elaine Makatura, spokeswoman for the Department of Environmental Protection.
The shutdown had limited effect on the state’s 104 privately owned campgrounds, Marji Otto, co-director of the New Jersey Campground Owners Association, told RV Business. She surmised that campers who had reservations at state parks during the shutdown canceled their plans, rather than going elsewhere to camp.