New Jersey's sensitive location in the heart of the Eastern Seaboard may have something to do with the fact that it ranks fourth in the nation when it comes to funding for Homeland Security projects related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
But since New York ranks eighth, it might have more to do with having shovel-ready projects available. New Jersey has received $73.5 million from the ARRA for Homeland Security, behind only Virginia ($175 million), Massachusetts ($149 million) and California ($134 million.) New Jersey has been awarded a total of $97 million, ranking it seventh for total awards.
More than half of the money is going to the the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Readers who want to know more how the money is being spent, can find out online.