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South Jersey reacts to possible government shutdown

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With a potential government shut down on the horizon, those in South Jersey Monday night voiced their displeasure with the circumstances in Washington.

"The politicians are playing chicken,” said Phillip Whipple of Williamstown.

“They’re trying to dare each other how closely they can came to disaster in order to scare one group into going along with the other."

"I think it is ridiculous, utterly ridiculous" said Steve Robinson of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

"Government shut down is a joke to me because no business around the country operates like the federal government does and is still staying open."

The shut could affect eight hundred thousand government employees. Locally, the Forsythe Wildlife Refuge in Galloway will shutdown if no deal is reached, as will much of the ongoing NextGen aviation work at the FAA Tech Center. Congressman Frank LoBiondo is one of that program's biggest supporters and his office will furlough half of it's staff in Mays Landing if no deal is reached.

The political stalemate has some questioning Washington’s commitment to the voting public.

"I just think they’re about themselves,” said Michelle Robinson of Pennsylvania.

“It's a sad set of circumstances. Obviously not all of them are but the majority. They’re just not about the people, and the people aren't about the government."

And with the clock ticking, the people we spoke with were not optimistic about a deal getting done before midnight.

"I just pray that good sense will prevail for the country as a whole," said Whipple.

"I think it probably will shut down because the people at the top aren't going to take it seriously for how it affects our country as a whole," said Robinson.

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