NJ residents feel impact of state government shutdown

New Jerseyans were feeling the impact as a state government shutdown took effect Saturday, shuttering parks and other public sites and disrupting ferry service to Liberty and Ellis islands.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is ordering lawmakers back into session amid a budget impasse.

Christie, a Republican, sent a letter Saturday to Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney and Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto ordering the Legislature to meet on Sunday.

Christie ordered a government shutdown of nonessential services on Friday after he and the legislature failed to enact a budget.

At issue is Christie's demand to overhaul the state's largest health insurer. Sweeney is his ally, but Prieto disagrees with the proposal.