EDISON - A quarter of New Jersey residents are living in poverty, according to a new report by the Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute.

The study found that more than two million people in New Jersey are struggling to make ends meet. That number increased by more than 300,000 since the beginning of the economic recession.

The poorest counties were found to be Passaic, Cumberland, Essex and Hudson.

The report also found New Jersey's cost of living significantly higher than the national average.