There are 40 states receiving more from the federal government than their residents pay in federal taxes but New Jersey, with a population of just under 9 million, is not one of them.
New Jersey – like New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts – sends more money to Washington in the form of taxes than the state receives from the federal government.
Mississippi, with a population of around 3 million, receives net federal per capita spending of $6,880 per resident or $37.8 billion from the federal government.
Some 15 percent of Mississippi residents receive federal SNAP or food stamps and the median household income is $43,529, the second-lowest in the country behind West Virginia.
New Jersey, with a population of just under 9 million, receives net federal per capita spending of negative $2,368 per resident or $97.7 billion from the federal government.
Only 8.9 percent of New Jersey residents receive federal SNAP or food stamps although with a median household income of $80,088, the second-highest in the country behind Maryland, it costs a lot more to live in the Garden State than it would to reside in one of those moocher states.
New Jersey residents prosper more than Mississippians and West Virginians because a majority of the people in the Garden State believe in a political system that takes care of those least fortunate, and benevolent societies always fare better than tightfisted and selfish communities.
While the system is far from perfect, giving a lift to those in need makes the entire society stronger because everyone gets back on their feet faster.