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Menendez: Nearly 1.5 Million New Jersey Social Security Recipients Will See Relief in 2012

Seniors Will Get 3.6 Percent Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2012 

October 19, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today applauded the news that New Jersey’s nearly 1.5 million Social Security recipients will see a 3.6 percent increase in their Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beginning in 2012.  The announcement of a Cost of Live Adjustment (COLA) means that Social Security beneficiaries will receive an additional $500, on average, each month, leading to a total of $14,748 a year in average total benefits.

“This economy has hurt all New Jerseyans, and has been especially difficult for retired seniors. Today’s announcement means $500 a month more in the pockets of senior citizens living on Social Security,” Menendez said. “Social Security is a necessity for the millions of elderly and disabled Americans who are struggling to cover medical bills and daily expenses.  I am glad that these beneficiaries will be able to count on a cost-of-living adjustment next year.”

Menendez has a long history of supporting the Social Security program.  In 2009, he voted in support of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (P.L. 111-5), which provided for a one-time economic recovery payment of $250 to provide beneficiaries with additional funds to make up for the lack of a COLA that year.

Senator Menendez cosponsored the Senior Citizens Relief Act (S. 3976). This legislation would have provided an additional $250 payment to Social Security beneficiaries facing the second straight year without a COLA. 

Menendez cosponsored the Social Security Fairness Act of 2009 (S.484).  This legislation would repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO) which limit the Social Security benefits available to individuals and families who also benefit from government pensions.

County    Total Beneficiaries (As of Dec. 2010)
Atlantic    51,835
Bergen    153,595
Burlington    80,750
Camden    89,255
Cape May    26,685
Cumberland    28,655
Essex    111,085
Gloucester    49,930
Hudson    76,470
Hunterdon    20,885
Mercer    62,400
Middlesex    119,270
Monmouth    109,490
Morris    78,435
Ocean    149,365
Passaic    34031
Salem    34033
Somerset    34035
Sussex    34037
Union    34039
Warren    34041