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Lawmakers send Christie bill to restore food stamps waiver

New Jersey's Democrat-led Legislature passed a bill Thursday to restore a work-requirement waiver for federal food stamps that the Christie administration stopped because the state's unemployment rate had fallen.

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: A grocery store advertises that they accept food stamps in the South Bronx on September 19, 2013 in New York City. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau report, over a quarter-million people in the South Bronx are living in poverty, making the 16th Congressional District the poorest in the nation. New Census Bureau numbers for all of New York City show that the poverty rate has risen to 21.2 percent in 2012, from 20.9 percent the year before. As New Yorkers prepare to vote for their next mayor following Michael Bloomberg, the Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio has focused on the theme that New York has transformed into a "tale of two cities" under the Bloomberg administration. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A grocery store advertises that they accept food stamps in the South Bronx on September 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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USDA rules would increase food stamp access to healthy foods

The Agriculture Department unveiled new rules on Tuesday that would force retailers who accept food stamps to stock a wider variety of healthy foods or face the loss of business as consumers shop elsewhere.

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House bill would allow drug testing for food stamps

A key House Republican is renewing a GOP push to allow drug tests for low-income food stamp recipients, a move to help states like Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker has sued the federal government to permit screening.

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Christie ends waiver for work requirement to get food stamps

About 11,000 New Jersey residents will no longer qualify for a waiver from a requirement to work while receiving subsidized food aid.

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416,000 NJ children living on food stamps

The latest numbers from the New Jersey Department of Human Services suggest more than 882,000 people in the state are living on food stamps. More than 416,000 of them are children.

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Food Stamp Challenge – What can $30 get you in New Jersey?

Thirty dollars per week doesn't offer consumers the most exciting and healthy shopping cart. But that's the maximum amount that food stamps can provide.

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Health law brings growth in food stamps in some states

President Barack Obama's health care law has had a surprising side effect: In some states, it appears to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps, even as the economy improves.

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Lawmakers aim to speed up food stamp processing

Residents applying for food assistance would get a receipt from government agents and some low-income New Jerseyans would qualify for expedited access to benefits under bills moving through the Legislature.

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Lawmakers may mandate faster handling of New Jersey food aid

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the state to expedite the handling of applications for food stamps.

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Bills target NJ food assistance program

Four lawmakers, seeking to improve what they called New Jersey's "chronically poor performance" in administering the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, have introduced a three-bill package of legislation aimed at addressing the problem of delays in the SNAP application process.

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