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Harristown Road office was the only Bergen County constituent office of the congressman.

Newspapers collected at the locked door of Rep. Garrett's Glen Rock district office a day after it closed due to the government shutdown.
Newspapers collected at the locked door of Rep. Garrett's Glen Rock district office a day after it closed due to the government shutdown.
Rep. Scott Garrett’s district office in Glen Rock closed this week until further notice due to the shutdown of the federal government.

A sign posted on the door of the Harristown Road suite notified constituents that the office had closed due to the lapse in congressional appropriations, and directed residents to call the representative's Washington office at 202-225-4465.

The first government shutdown in 17 years commenced at midnight Tuesday, after Republicans seeking to make continued federal funding contingent upon a delay in implementing Obamacare failed to reach a budget agreement with the Democratic senate.

According to a report by the Committee on House Administration prepared last month to guide legislators in the event of a shutdown, members of congress have discretion to distinguish between essential and nonessential staff during a lapse in appropriations.

Members of congress have taken different approaches to managing their district offices during the budget lapse, with some ceasing constituent services altogether and at least one, Rep. Krysten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat, expanding district office operations during the shutdown.

Garrett, a conservative Republican and senior member of the House Budget Committee, placed the blame for the shutdown squarely on a Democratic refusal to flinch on the sweeping health care reforms.

“I am deeply disappointed that President Obama and the Senate refused to come to the negotiation table and failed to fund the federal government,” he said in a statement Tuesday. “In vote after vote, House Republicans have looked to compromise, as has historically been the case when debating budgets, but Democrats in Washington refused to budge.”

Democrats, on the other hand, have pointed fingers at Republicans in the House of Representatives.

Garrett's Washington office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday on the office's closing.

The Glen Rock office is the only Bergen County constituent office of Garrett, whose fifth district also includes part of Passaic and most of Sussex and Warren Counties. His Newton office, in Sussex, remains open, according to a release.

Citizen of America October 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM
"It’s exactly what we wanted, and we got it." ~ Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) /// “It’s wonderful...We’re 100 percent united! Ulysses S. Grant said, ‘Quit worrying about what Bobby Lee’s doing and let’s focus on what we are doing, We are focusing on what we need to do and not worrying about what the other guy is going to do. That’s how Ulysses S. Grant won the war." ~ Rep. John Abney (R-TX) /// "Culmination of what we said we were going to do." ~ Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) /// “We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.” ~ Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) /// "It's wonderful" ~ Rep. John Culberson (R-TX)
Citizen of America October 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) discussing the GOP last night: "This party is going nuts. So many people I run into who are normal people -- and I hate to use that term -- they just can't understand what's going on. They just think Republicans are crazy. That's it. They see no justification for any of this. /// "Even if this bill passed tonight, what would it have done? After shutting down the government for two and a half weeks, laying off 800,000 people, all the damage we caused, all we would end up doing was taking away health insurance from congressional employees. That's it? That's what you go to war for? That's what we shut down the United States government for?"
Citizen of America October 16, 2013 at 04:42 PM
8 Republican lawmakers who think the GOP shutdown was a bad idea /// Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- "What the American people have been put through is one of the more shameful chapters that I have seen in the years that I have spent in the Senate." /// Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) -- "Shutting down the government was not a smart strategy...I hope we never do this again and I hope we learn our lessons from this....If they're saying the defunding issue is going to come up again in three months, then they've learned nothing from this. If we learned nothing else from this exercise, I hope we learned that we shouldn't get behind a strategy that cannot succeed." /// Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) -- "This is far less than many of us had hoped for, frankly, but it's far better than what some had sought...It's time for Republicans to unite behind other crucial goals." /// Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) -- "We took some bread crumbs and left an entire meal on the table. This has been a very bad two weeks for the Republican Party...We need to stop the bleeding, lessen the damage to the party." /// Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) -- "I've said all along, this is madness — it was madness to follow [Sen.] Ted Cruz [R-Texas]. It was absolute madness to say we want to shut down the government, to defund Obamacare. It never made sense and now all we're down to, apparently, is trying to pass a [continuing resolution] to take away health care from congressional employees. That's what we shut down the government for. It makes no sense." /// Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) -- "Let's just say sometimes learning what can't be accomplished is an important long-term thing. And hopefully for some of the members they've learned it's impossible to defund mandatory programs by shutting down the federal government."
Ridgewood Mom October 17, 2013 at 06:41 AM
Government Shutdown Cost $24 Billion, Standard & Poor's Says http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/16/government-shutdown-cost_n_4110818.html
Citizen of America October 17, 2013 at 09:05 AM
the Tea Party, 1773 vs. 2013 -- http://tinyurl.com/mu534me


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