NJ Politics Digest: How Economic Recovery Has Passed by This State

The economy is booming—unless you're a low-wage worker living in New Jersey.

Half of the jobs in New Jersey pay less than $20 per hour. Pixabay

The economy is booming—unless you’re a low-wage worker living in New Jersey.
Those are the findings of a study released Monday by the United Way of Northern New Jersey.

The report found that 38.5 percent of New Jersey households can’t afford the basics for survival, such as child care, health care, food, housing and transportation, according to a report by The Record.

That’s a 15 percent increase between 2010 and 2016, according to the report.
The annual cost of basic needs in New Jersey is now $26,640 for a single adult and $74,748 for a family of four with an infant and preschooler, the Record reported. And that’s a “bare bones” survival budget, the report said.

This, while half of the jobs in the state pay less than $20 per hour, the report said.

Quote of the Day: “It would be wonderful to have someone from New Jersey run for president—or be successful running for president.” — Senate President Steve Sweeney, supporting fellow Democrat U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, while also taking a swipe at former Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

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Paterson BOE member apologizes over social media posting of teacher tirade
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Mahwah gets one of only two US opioid abuse treatment grants awarded in NJ
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