If sequestration takes effect today or Monday, as appears likely, New Jerseyans will probably see a direct cut of about $113 million, plus reductions in other programs. Although New Jersey will also feel the impact of cuts to the Federal Aviation Administration, food and safety programs, and National Institutes of Health funding, it’s unlikely that it will take as big a hit as most other states.
The biggest impact will be the furlough of approximately 11,000 Department of Defense employees, reducing pay about $75 million. About $52 million of that would be a cut to Army base operations and about $7 million would be to Air Force operations.
The next largest cut would be $5 million in environmental funding, as well as fish and wildlife protection. Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, noted that the cuts would either mean reductions in staffing at the state Department of Environmental Protection or an increase in taxes. “There are also cuts that will undermine rebuilding and restoration work from Hurricane Sandy,” he said.