New Jersey should be "embarrassed" that 2.8 million of its citizens — including 800,000 children — live in real poverty, said Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson).
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Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)
January 27, 2016
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Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services of New Jersey
Prieto said he called the hearings after reading a recent study by Legal Services of New Jersey, a nonprofit that represents low-income residents in civil cases, which estimates the number of the Garden State’s poor is about 2.8 million — the highest number recorded in five decades.
The study’s fundings are based on a broader standard that the federal poverty level embraced by academics that takes into account housing, transportation, child care and other daily costs. The federal poverty rate is the same across the country and is based only on food costs.