Economic Trends February 2019

New Jersey’s Financial Crisis

Pension Liability & Postemployment Benefit Obligation

DEFICIT For 15 years, New Jersey revenues have fallen short, only covering 91.3% of total expenses. As a result, the Garden State has the worst deficit in the nation.

EXPENSES As of June 2017, New Jersey’s combined net pension liability & postemployment benefit obligation totaled $151.6 billion.

BOTTOM LINE An NJBIA analysis found that in order to pay off these current obligations, every New Jersey resident would need to write the State a check for $17,018.22.

TIMELY If nothing is done to address the pension liability & postemployment benefit structure, the obligation will rise $4.89 billion by 2023.

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