Number of Children Living in Poverty Climbs Sharply in NJ

Report shows that child poverty rose from 2008 to 2012 in all but three counties—Morris, Salem and Warren.

Written by Colleen O'Dea/NJ Spotlight

The number of children living in poverty continues to rise in New Jersey, as measured by the newest edition of the Kids Count report for the state, which is being released today by Advocates for Children of New Jersey.

Almost one-third of all New Jersey children -- 646,000 -- were considered low-income, which is defined as living in a family with an income at twice the federal poverty limit, in 2012, the latest New Jersey Kids Count shows.

That's a big increase from 2008, when some 310,000 children, or 15 percent of all New Jersey children, were living at the poverty level, with almost half of those considered very poor, in families with incomes of less than half the poverty limit. That year, the poverty level for a family of four was $23,050.

“While the rankings shift every year, we see certain trends across many counties, including increasing child poverty, fewer child care options for working parents and high housing costs,” said Cecilia Zalkind, ACNJ's executive director. “These statistics should be used to inform local, county and state leaders, as well as community organizations, in their efforts to improve the well-being of all New Jersey children.”

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Jerseyjam April 28, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Brian you have stated your "beliefs" but you have not supported them with concrete facts. My belief is that the moon is made of green cheese. But that's just that. A belief. What are the facts to back this up? None. That's a very ignorant way to go through life. "Just because" is not a good answer in this world. I've offered pages of factual data to back up my belief that single-parent homes are the biggest factor in keeping so many Americans below the poverty line and have made my case why, in this issue, the blame clearly does fall to one party far more than the other. Yes one of us is "blinded by ideology" but I think it's pretty obvious which one.
Brian N April 28, 2014 at 12:37 PM
Lol, thanks for the lecture Aman ;-) How's this: Democrats are the devil, and Republicans can do no wrong. There, now you can go on with your day in peace (or as much peace as you can muster walking around with all that pent up anger)
Jerseyjam April 28, 2014 at 12:51 PM
NO...See Brian, now that's yet ANOTHER fallacy you're employing called Argumentum Ad Reductio Ad Absurum. How about you not reduce my argument to a ridiculous premise and then attack that premise. I would attack that too if that's what I said. Brian, there is a political divide in this country because one side as represented by the parties (when they do their jobs) believes in equality and the other believes in opportunity. Policies are then created accordingly. The Democrats believe in equality and so take from some to give to others. But this is backfiring because this policy just leads to worse not better conditions for the people they try to help. We on the other side have long figured this out and get tired of being called heartless when we are no longer willing to fund a failed concept. Which party do you think represents one or the other? As I said before. If you insist on making your opinion known, then I insist you back it up.
Brian N April 28, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Stated my opinion, gave examples, I don't owe you or anyone anything else. I'm going to stop wasting my time with your rambling, so deal with it.


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