Day 11 of a federal government shutdown seems like a good time to look at what New Jersey’s Congressmen spend to support their offices.
In 2012, data show, the state’s 13 members of the House spent more than $15 million on staff, office space, mailings, travel for themselves and staff and other expenses, while the two U.S. senators spent nearly $6.5 million.
Members of the House of Representatives and Senate continue to be paid their annual $174,000 salary during the shutdown, although many of their staffers are among a reported 700,000-800,000 federal workers who were furloughed or remain out of work. According to the Washington Post, six members – Republican Reps. Frank LoBiondo, Jon Runyan, Scott Garrett, Leonard Lance and Rodney Frelinghuysen and Democrat Bill Pascrell – have said they would forgo any salary earned during the shutdown, while Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. said he needs his salary to support his family.
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