600 Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst employees to get raises

Lawmakers say some 600 civilian employees at New Jersey's Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst are getting pay raises next year.



U.S. Reps. Chris Smith and Tom MacArthur say the Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday issued rules to adjust the wages to reflect the higher cost of living in the New York metropolitan area instead of the Philadelphia metropolitan area.



Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst is in Ocean County, which is part of the New York metro area. McGuire Air Force Base and Fort Dix are in Burlington County, which is part of the Philadelphia metro area.



The federal government had adjusted the salaries of white-collar employees at the base but had not done the same for blue-collar and other non-exempt employees.



The joint base in New Jersey's second-largest employer.


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