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Social Security Benefits 1.4M In New Jersey Annually

August marks 75th anniversary of program

New Jersey Newsroom — Thursday, August 12, 2010


This month marks the 75th anniversary of Social Security and as part of the recognition New Jersey Citizen Action Thursday released a study that finds the federal program is good for the state's residents.

According to the study entitled, "Social Security Works for New Jersey," 1,407,600 New Jerseyans are receiving Social Security benefits at a cost of over $20 billion annually, with 58.5 percent of them women. A total of 969,500 people receive retirement benefits at an average of $15,500 per year. A total of 112,700 people receive survivor benefits. And the study maintains Social Security has lifted 466,000 New Jerseyans out of poverty.

Citizen Action activists and senior citizens were joined by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) at a gathering in Hoboken Thursday to recognize the anniversary.

The event was one of over 100 events taking place across the country during the month of August to celebrate the anniversary.

Menendez said "Social Security is one of the most successful programs in our nation's history. For 75 years, it has allowed hundreds of millions of American seniors to prosper and avoid poverty after retirement. I am committed to keeping Social Security strong and stable long into the future.''

"Social Security has ensured that every generation of seniors for the past 75 years has been able to retire with dignity and has also provided financial security to surviving spouses and the disabled," Citizen Action Director Phyllis Salowe-Kaye said. "Social Security has withstood the test of time and we must continue to protect it so that it will be there for future generations.''

Paulette Eberle, a widower from Jersey City, who receives benefits, spoke about the loss of her husband and how Social Security helped her and her family put food on her table. "It has been a lifeline for me and my family," she said.

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