New Jersey’s House delegation called on the federal government to adjust stimulus checks for cost of living.
Because cost of living in New Jersey is far higher than it is in states like Mississippi and Arkansas, the up $1,200 the country’s residents can receive from the $2 trillion bailout Congress passed last month is worth less in New Jersey.
“The facts are clear: This health-related economic slowdown threatens the ability of New Jersey residents to pay for their housing, afford food, or purchase necessary products to protect their health during the pandemic,” New Jersey’s congresspeople said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “They must be provided with the same functional assistance all Americans deserve.”
As a comparison, $1,200 in New Jersey is equivalent to about $1,670 in Mississippi.
“There is a greater need than ever for these COL adjustments to be made,” the members said in the letter. “Doing so would help ensure that New Jersey residents, and other hard-working middle-class Americans and small business owners who live in high-cost states, are not excluded from needed assistance.”