New Work Requirements May Spell Disaster For Thousands Of Food Stamp Recipients in New Jersey


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced his plans to reinstate the work requirements for food stamp recipients on Thursday.

11,000 people in New Jersey have just been told that they are at risk of losing their food stamps if they don’t get a job.

These requirements only apply to able-bodied adults without children, and mandate 20 hours of labor a week to continue to receive the benefit.

New Jersey is not the only state refusing to renew the waivers to ignore labor requirements for those on government assistance. Wisconsin and Louisiana have also announced that they will be allowing their state’s waivers to expire as well.

In addition, recipients can only stay on food stamps for a total of three months in a row while working.

Florida will also be reinstating work requirements for their citizens as well, according to the Sun Sentinel.

The food stamp program has increased from 17 million recipients in 2000 to close to 47 million in 2014 according to the U.S. Dept of Agriculture. Participation has decreased by about 1.5 million in recent years since its peak in 2012, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Do you think this is the right way to get people off of benefits and back into the workforce?

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