NJ Politics Digest: If the Federal Government Went Away, New Jersey Wouldn’t Notice

The U.S. Capitol Building.

The U.S. Capitol Building. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

If you feel like you don’t get a lot for your federal tax dollars, the online credit report source WalletHub has a message for you: You’re right.
The WalletHub report issued this week ranks the Garden State as 47th in overall dependency on the federal government.

NorthJersey.com reports that return on federal taxes paid, federal funding as a share of state revenue and share of federal jobs were all considered when formulating the ranking.

New Jersey’s state government was ranked 38th in dependency on federal aid, while the state’s residents were ranked 49th. That ranking was based on the percentage of federal jobs held by state residents and amount of tax dollars that return to the state, according to the report.

Delaware was the only state that ranked higher than New Jersey in this category, while the folks in North Dakota and South Carolina are the most dependent on federal largess.

Quote of the Day: “We share a good bit of politics with them. But they do not know about school shootings… This is not what I want my children to think of when they think of going to school.” — Monique Fineman, a mother and a teacher in Newark schools, who had been thinking about taking her children to the local March For Our Lives event.

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NJ Politics Digest: If the Federal Government Went Away, New Jersey Wouldn’t Notice