High Point, New Jersey Closure (?)

High Point, New Jersey Closure (?)

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

July 2nd, 2006, 1:50 am #1

It's hard to imagine this could last long. But this order should in effect close High Point State Park in New Jersey.
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Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed an executive order on Saturday shutting down the state's government, for the first time in its history. Horse racing at the state's tracks was called off, road construction projects were halted and roughly 45,000 of the state's 80,000 employees were put on furlough.

The order, a result of an impasse between the governor and the State Legislature over the budget for the new fiscal year, began a process in which the state, over the next few days, may close state parks, two state-run beaches and, depending on the outcome of a court case, the 12 Atlantic City casinos.

Essential operations, like the prisons, the state police, child protection services and mental hospitals, continued to run.

But some effects were felt almost immediately. Operations of the Department of Motor Vehicles were suspended when offices around the state closed at noon on Saturday. Courts were to stop all but emergency operations.

And the New Jersey Lottery, with $2 billion in annual sales — the state's fourth largest source of revenue after taxes on income, sales and corporations — was ordered to stop selling tickets Saturday night.

The holiday weekend cushioned the effects of the executive order on New Jersey residents. But because the shutdown was unprecedented, it carried symbolic weight.

"It gives me no joy, no satisfaction, no sense of empowerment to do what I am forced to do," Mr. Corzine said. "We will do everything we can to bring this to a short conclusion."

The status of the casinos remained unclear. Lawyers representing the casinos had gone to a state appellate court on Friday seeking a ruling that would allow them to remain open. But the court said that it had no jurisdiction to consider the request until after Mr. Corzine issued a shutdown order. The court was expected to take up the matter after Mr. Corzine signed the order.

Stuart Rabner, the governor's chief counsel, said that if a judge upheld Mr. Corzine's request, casinos — which take in roughly $13 million a day — could be closed as soon as the morning after the issuance of a ruling.

Mr. Corzine, a Democrat in his first year as governor, said that he felt compelled to sign the order after he and the Democratic-controlled Legislature could not reach agreement on his proposal to help balance the budget by raising the sales tax to 7 percent from 6 percent.

The governor has argued that the sales tax increase is needed to close a deficit of roughly $4.5 billion in the state's $31 billion budget. But a group of legislators, led by Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts Jr., opposed the new tax, arguing that the deficit could be closed by cutting spending and expanding existing taxes.

And even in New Jersey, where politics can be a contact sport, the body blows that accompanied the budget debate have been noteworthy. Earlier in the week, a legislator had to break up a shoving match during a committee meeting and Mr. Corzine, in a bit of gamesmanship, ordered a cot for his office, in a maneuver that aides said demonstrated his resolve to stay at the State House until he had a budget deal.

Negotiations continued, in an effort to meet a midnight deadline on Friday, when the 2006 fiscal year ended. Mr. Corzine said on Saturday that talks had broken down between him and Mr. Roberts, though the sides had agreed on all but about $1 billion in spending cuts and revenue increases. Mr. Corzine has said he believes that the increase in the sales tax would generate about $1.1 billion.

New Jersey had missed the June 30 budget deadline three times in the past five years, but no governor had ever ordered a shutdown, according to the state's Office of Legislative Services, the research arm of the Legislature.

"New Jersey has experienced budget delays before," said David P. Rebovich, managing director of the Rider University Institute for New Jersey Politics. "But never a shutdown."

"There may be political consequences," he added.

Watching the fighting between the governor and his fellow Democrats in the legislative leadership, Republican lawmakers, who oppose the sales tax increase, have seized on the issue.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/01/nyreg ... yt&emc=rss
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

July 2nd, 2006, 2:11 am #2

A few more details. The State Parks will stay open through the July 4 holiday and will close on Wednesday, July 5 if there is no resolution.

http://www.shortnews.com/shownews.cfm?i ... N=99846025
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July 6th, 2006, 1:03 am #3


The AP photo circulating in connection with national coverage of the New Jersey closure features High Point. Who woulda thought!?!

http://www.sacbee.com/24hour/politics/s ... 2653c.html
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July 6th, 2006, 1:15 am #4

It's hard to imagine this could last long. But this order should in effect close High Point State Park in New Jersey.
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Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed an executive order on Saturday shutting down the state's government, for the first time in its history. Horse racing at the state's tracks was called off, road construction projects were halted and roughly 45,000 of the state's 80,000 employees were put on furlough.

The order, a result of an impasse between the governor and the State Legislature over the budget for the new fiscal year, began a process in which the state, over the next few days, may close state parks, two state-run beaches and, depending on the outcome of a court case, the 12 Atlantic City casinos.

Essential operations, like the prisons, the state police, child protection services and mental hospitals, continued to run.

But some effects were felt almost immediately. Operations of the Department of Motor Vehicles were suspended when offices around the state closed at noon on Saturday. Courts were to stop all but emergency operations.

And the New Jersey Lottery, with $2 billion in annual sales — the state's fourth largest source of revenue after taxes on income, sales and corporations — was ordered to stop selling tickets Saturday night.

The holiday weekend cushioned the effects of the executive order on New Jersey residents. But because the shutdown was unprecedented, it carried symbolic weight.

"It gives me no joy, no satisfaction, no sense of empowerment to do what I am forced to do," Mr. Corzine said. "We will do everything we can to bring this to a short conclusion."

The status of the casinos remained unclear. Lawyers representing the casinos had gone to a state appellate court on Friday seeking a ruling that would allow them to remain open. But the court said that it had no jurisdiction to consider the request until after Mr. Corzine issued a shutdown order. The court was expected to take up the matter after Mr. Corzine signed the order.

Stuart Rabner, the governor's chief counsel, said that if a judge upheld Mr. Corzine's request, casinos — which take in roughly $13 million a day — could be closed as soon as the morning after the issuance of a ruling.

Mr. Corzine, a Democrat in his first year as governor, said that he felt compelled to sign the order after he and the Democratic-controlled Legislature could not reach agreement on his proposal to help balance the budget by raising the sales tax to 7 percent from 6 percent.

The governor has argued that the sales tax increase is needed to close a deficit of roughly $4.5 billion in the state's $31 billion budget. But a group of legislators, led by Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts Jr., opposed the new tax, arguing that the deficit could be closed by cutting spending and expanding existing taxes.

And even in New Jersey, where politics can be a contact sport, the body blows that accompanied the budget debate have been noteworthy. Earlier in the week, a legislator had to break up a shoving match during a committee meeting and Mr. Corzine, in a bit of gamesmanship, ordered a cot for his office, in a maneuver that aides said demonstrated his resolve to stay at the State House until he had a budget deal.

Negotiations continued, in an effort to meet a midnight deadline on Friday, when the 2006 fiscal year ended. Mr. Corzine said on Saturday that talks had broken down between him and Mr. Roberts, though the sides had agreed on all but about $1 billion in spending cuts and revenue increases. Mr. Corzine has said he believes that the increase in the sales tax would generate about $1.1 billion.

New Jersey had missed the June 30 budget deadline three times in the past five years, but no governor had ever ordered a shutdown, according to the state's Office of Legislative Services, the research arm of the Legislature.

"New Jersey has experienced budget delays before," said David P. Rebovich, managing director of the Rider University Institute for New Jersey Politics. "But never a shutdown."

"There may be political consequences," he added.

Watching the fighting between the governor and his fellow Democrats in the legislative leadership, Republican lawmakers, who oppose the sales tax increase, have seized on the issue.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/01/nyreg ... yt&emc=rss
I guess we really are that far gone as a society that we can't be trusted to drive up a relatively little hill in July without the careful supervision of a government employee.
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July 6th, 2006, 2:03 am #5

It's not clear (to me) whether hikers are allowed to pass through the park - just because you can't park there, doesn't necessarily mean you can't walk to the highpoint.

Does anyone have any more information about this?
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July 6th, 2006, 8:31 am #6

Since it's on the AT, presumably you could walk in. I'm not sure about the status of camping at the AT facilities there. It appears the road block gate is just the entrance at the highway.
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July 6th, 2006, 12:37 pm #7

The approx. 2-mile (one-way) AT approach from the "northern" intersection with Mountain Road can be found here:

http://www.summitpost.org/route/168240/ ... -road.html

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July 6th, 2006, 11:08 pm #8

It's hard to imagine this could last long. But this order should in effect close High Point State Park in New Jersey.
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Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed an executive order on Saturday shutting down the state's government, for the first time in its history. Horse racing at the state's tracks was called off, road construction projects were halted and roughly 45,000 of the state's 80,000 employees were put on furlough.

The order, a result of an impasse between the governor and the State Legislature over the budget for the new fiscal year, began a process in which the state, over the next few days, may close state parks, two state-run beaches and, depending on the outcome of a court case, the 12 Atlantic City casinos.

Essential operations, like the prisons, the state police, child protection services and mental hospitals, continued to run.

But some effects were felt almost immediately. Operations of the Department of Motor Vehicles were suspended when offices around the state closed at noon on Saturday. Courts were to stop all but emergency operations.

And the New Jersey Lottery, with $2 billion in annual sales — the state's fourth largest source of revenue after taxes on income, sales and corporations — was ordered to stop selling tickets Saturday night.

The holiday weekend cushioned the effects of the executive order on New Jersey residents. But because the shutdown was unprecedented, it carried symbolic weight.

"It gives me no joy, no satisfaction, no sense of empowerment to do what I am forced to do," Mr. Corzine said. "We will do everything we can to bring this to a short conclusion."

The status of the casinos remained unclear. Lawyers representing the casinos had gone to a state appellate court on Friday seeking a ruling that would allow them to remain open. But the court said that it had no jurisdiction to consider the request until after Mr. Corzine issued a shutdown order. The court was expected to take up the matter after Mr. Corzine signed the order.

Stuart Rabner, the governor's chief counsel, said that if a judge upheld Mr. Corzine's request, casinos — which take in roughly $13 million a day — could be closed as soon as the morning after the issuance of a ruling.

Mr. Corzine, a Democrat in his first year as governor, said that he felt compelled to sign the order after he and the Democratic-controlled Legislature could not reach agreement on his proposal to help balance the budget by raising the sales tax to 7 percent from 6 percent.

The governor has argued that the sales tax increase is needed to close a deficit of roughly $4.5 billion in the state's $31 billion budget. But a group of legislators, led by Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts Jr., opposed the new tax, arguing that the deficit could be closed by cutting spending and expanding existing taxes.

And even in New Jersey, where politics can be a contact sport, the body blows that accompanied the budget debate have been noteworthy. Earlier in the week, a legislator had to break up a shoving match during a committee meeting and Mr. Corzine, in a bit of gamesmanship, ordered a cot for his office, in a maneuver that aides said demonstrated his resolve to stay at the State House until he had a budget deal.

Negotiations continued, in an effort to meet a midnight deadline on Friday, when the 2006 fiscal year ended. Mr. Corzine said on Saturday that talks had broken down between him and Mr. Roberts, though the sides had agreed on all but about $1 billion in spending cuts and revenue increases. Mr. Corzine has said he believes that the increase in the sales tax would generate about $1.1 billion.

New Jersey had missed the June 30 budget deadline three times in the past five years, but no governor had ever ordered a shutdown, according to the state's Office of Legislative Services, the research arm of the Legislature.

"New Jersey has experienced budget delays before," said David P. Rebovich, managing director of the Rider University Institute for New Jersey Politics. "But never a shutdown."

"There may be political consequences," he added.

Watching the fighting between the governor and his fellow Democrats in the legislative leadership, Republican lawmakers, who oppose the sales tax increase, have seized on the issue.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/01/nyreg ... yt&emc=rss
A deal has been struck in the New Jersey standoff (e.g., Corzine wins and no doubt now is propelled into the big gun Democrat firmament -- look out Hillary!)

An agreement to break the state budget deadlock and raise the sales tax to 7 percent, from 6 percent, was reached today, Gov. Jon S. Corzine announced late this afternoon in a news conference with the president of the State Senate and the speaker of the General Assembly.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/06/nyreg ... yt&emc=rss

Articles are predicting parks will reopen on Friday.
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July 7th, 2006, 12:56 am #9

It's hard to imagine this could last long. But this order should in effect close High Point State Park in New Jersey.
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Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed an executive order on Saturday shutting down the state's government, for the first time in its history. Horse racing at the state's tracks was called off, road construction projects were halted and roughly 45,000 of the state's 80,000 employees were put on furlough.

The order, a result of an impasse between the governor and the State Legislature over the budget for the new fiscal year, began a process in which the state, over the next few days, may close state parks, two state-run beaches and, depending on the outcome of a court case, the 12 Atlantic City casinos.

Essential operations, like the prisons, the state police, child protection services and mental hospitals, continued to run.

But some effects were felt almost immediately. Operations of the Department of Motor Vehicles were suspended when offices around the state closed at noon on Saturday. Courts were to stop all but emergency operations.

And the New Jersey Lottery, with $2 billion in annual sales — the state's fourth largest source of revenue after taxes on income, sales and corporations — was ordered to stop selling tickets Saturday night.

The holiday weekend cushioned the effects of the executive order on New Jersey residents. But because the shutdown was unprecedented, it carried symbolic weight.

"It gives me no joy, no satisfaction, no sense of empowerment to do what I am forced to do," Mr. Corzine said. "We will do everything we can to bring this to a short conclusion."

The status of the casinos remained unclear. Lawyers representing the casinos had gone to a state appellate court on Friday seeking a ruling that would allow them to remain open. But the court said that it had no jurisdiction to consider the request until after Mr. Corzine issued a shutdown order. The court was expected to take up the matter after Mr. Corzine signed the order.

Stuart Rabner, the governor's chief counsel, said that if a judge upheld Mr. Corzine's request, casinos — which take in roughly $13 million a day — could be closed as soon as the morning after the issuance of a ruling.

Mr. Corzine, a Democrat in his first year as governor, said that he felt compelled to sign the order after he and the Democratic-controlled Legislature could not reach agreement on his proposal to help balance the budget by raising the sales tax to 7 percent from 6 percent.

The governor has argued that the sales tax increase is needed to close a deficit of roughly $4.5 billion in the state's $31 billion budget. But a group of legislators, led by Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts Jr., opposed the new tax, arguing that the deficit could be closed by cutting spending and expanding existing taxes.

And even in New Jersey, where politics can be a contact sport, the body blows that accompanied the budget debate have been noteworthy. Earlier in the week, a legislator had to break up a shoving match during a committee meeting and Mr. Corzine, in a bit of gamesmanship, ordered a cot for his office, in a maneuver that aides said demonstrated his resolve to stay at the State House until he had a budget deal.

Negotiations continued, in an effort to meet a midnight deadline on Friday, when the 2006 fiscal year ended. Mr. Corzine said on Saturday that talks had broken down between him and Mr. Roberts, though the sides had agreed on all but about $1 billion in spending cuts and revenue increases. Mr. Corzine has said he believes that the increase in the sales tax would generate about $1.1 billion.

New Jersey had missed the June 30 budget deadline three times in the past five years, but no governor had ever ordered a shutdown, according to the state's Office of Legislative Services, the research arm of the Legislature.

"New Jersey has experienced budget delays before," said David P. Rebovich, managing director of the Rider University Institute for New Jersey Politics. "But never a shutdown."

"There may be political consequences," he added.

Watching the fighting between the governor and his fellow Democrats in the legislative leadership, Republican lawmakers, who oppose the sales tax increase, have seized on the issue.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/01/nyreg ... yt&emc=rss
I always thought of it as Philadelphia East, NYC West, with a bunch of pine trees in the middle
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July 7th, 2006, 10:41 am #10

Since it's on the AT, presumably you could walk in. I'm not sure about the status of camping at the AT facilities there. It appears the road block gate is just the entrance at the highway.
I went to the HP yesterday (Thursday) and yes, the park is still closed however the hike up the Appalachian Trail is real easy and leads right to the monument. There's an open parking area located across the street from the main entrance to the park. It was nice to have the entire park to myself. The weather was spectacular and the views are just as awesome!
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