The research in this paper investigates whether New Jersey public employees are overpaid at the expense of New Jersey
taxpayers. This research is timely. The governor and the editorial board of the New Jersey Star-Ledger, the state’s largest
newspaper, claim that public workers earn substantially higher salaries than average workers in the private sector, and the
gap in benefits is even wider. Consequently, they are promoting public employee pay freezes, benefits reductions, and
major revisions to the rules of collective bargaining as the antidote to the overpayment blight. ...
“Are New Jersey public employees overpaid?” by Jeffrey Keefe. Published July 30, 2010 Economic Policy Institute Briefing Paper no. 270. Reprinted by permission.
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