Attention State Workers: All About
The New Jersey Public Employees’ Retirement System

What is PERS?

If you are a public employee, money deducted from your paycheck to save for your retirement is invested in PERS, the New Jersey Public Employees’ Retirement System.

The State of New Jersey established PERS in 1955.

The New Jersey Division of Pensions & Benefits handles all administrative functions of the retirement system except for investment.

The PERS Board of Trustees has the responsibility for the proper operation of the retirement system. The Trustees adopt rules and regulations to provide for the payment of benefits and the collection of money. The Trustees watch out for the best interests of retirees and future retirees. 

The Board consists of:

  • Six employee representatives
  • The State Treasurer
  • Two individuals appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate

The Board meets once a month.


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Carey Brown for Trustee

“For the past six years, I have faithfully served as your representative to the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). State worker retirement security has always been and will continue to be my No. 1 priority.

“As a caseworker in Social Services or an investigator with the Division of Taxation, where I was a shop steward for CWA Local 1080 and Local 1037, respectively, or in my current position of lecturer at Kean University and proud member of Kean Federation of Teachers/AFT 2187, I have been a vocal advocate for public employees.

“I have developed a close working relationship with all the major public employee unions, including AFSCME, AFT, CWA, IFPTE, and others. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and I have worked together for over 10 years on several pension projects and I am proud to be a union member.

“Over the years, I have also forged alliances with elected state officials, which have paid big dividends. Every action I take or decision I make as a PERS trustee is to make your retirement more secure.”


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All About the PERS Election

What’s At Stake

Retirement security.

Our very futures.

We all depend on our pensions for a secure retirement — so we need to support State Pension Board Trustees who will fight to ensure our pensions have stable funding.

We need active union members on the PERS Board to hold elected officials accountable.

We need Carey H. Brown re-elected as a PERS Trustee.


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How and When to Vote

Voting is simple! All you need are your Election Code and Voting PIN from your ballot.

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Some Dates You Need to Know

  • On or after March 29, 2021 — You should receive a paper ballot from human resources or your certifying officer.
  • March 29 to May 28, 2021 — After you receive your ballot, you can then vote. PLEASE SEE SAMPLE BALLOT BELOW

— By mail: Follow instructions on your ballot.

— By phone: 877-639-7161

— Online: CLICK HERE

  • June 16, 2021 — PERS Board of Trustees certifies the official results at its regular June meeting.


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Answers to Your Questions

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