-- New Jersey's government was forced closed Friday after lawmakers and Governor Chris Christie could not come to an agreement over the state's budget.
Gov. Christie signed a state of emergency permitting essential operations, such as state police services, correctional facilities, welfare services, state hospitals and treatment facilities, New Jersey transit, the state lottery, casinos, and racetracks.
Gov. Christie said the shutdown is necessary as lawmakers attempt to create "a fiscally responsible budget."
Pentagon delays decision on transgender military recruits
-- In a memo obtained by CNN, the Pentagon says it will delay a decision on whether to allow transgender recruits by another six months, as the July 1 deadline hits.
"We will use this additional time to evaluate more carefully the impact of such accessions on readiness and lethality," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in the memo. "This action in no way presupposes the outcome of the review."
In 2016, then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended the ban on transgender recruits but noted the process would roll out in stages.