Dr. Michael Lahr of Rutgers University wrote a study titled, New Jersey’s Military and Coast Guard Facilities Economic Contribution to the State Economy. This study, dated June 2013, reveals the significant economic contribution that military bases, including Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL), offer New Jersey residents.
Dr. Lahr states that, “…the federal government spends nearly $5 billion within New Jersey in support of these military installations.” A breakdown of this federal spending is more enlightening showing that over 73,000 jobs with close to $4.0 billion in labor income, as well as $6.5 billion GDP is attributable to New Jersey military installations. JB MDL is New Jersey’s military installation with the highest employment activity holding 77 percent of all base employment in the State.
After careful reading there is only one conclusion to this study, and that is overall New Jersey’s military installations are crucial factors in the well being of the State’s economy. As Dr. Lahr cautions, “Thus, it is in the interest of the general welfare of the State’s citizens and economy that further closure or mission realignment action within New Jersey by the U.S. Department of Defense or the Base Realignment and Closure Commission should be mitigated if not curtailed.”