The average New Jersey taxpayer spent $4,540 to support our national military, according to a data tool called “State Smart,” created by the National Priorities Project, a nonpartisan research organization.
That amount includes $983.44 for military personnel and $115.01 for nuclear weapons. It is the biggest slice of the $16,831 State Smart said was the average federal tax receipt for New Jerseyans in 2015.
The next-largest chunk of the tax bill was $4,457.56, which went to healthcare, including $1,990.82 for Medicaid. Interest on the federal debt was third, at $2,576.04.
Federal programs for education, transportation, energy and environment, international affairs, science, and housing each cost the average NJ taxpayer less than $500 last year.