The numbers above show the federal employees in New Jersey by county in 2012, according to the latest figures from Eye on Washington, a DC-based lobbying firm that tracks federal employment.
The interactive graphic compiles data from the Office of Personnel Management, Federal Employment Statistics and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What it doesn't offer, however, is a look at how pending sequestration could impact the state's federal employees and the ongoing Hurricane Sandy recovery effort. Some officials say it's too soon to tell what impact sequestration cuts, which will total approximately $85 billion, could have, though the outlook isn't promising.
New Jersey and Gov. Chris Christie are leaning on the federal government to cover the cost of recovery following Sandy. The $50.7 billion Sandy relief bill that was passed by Congress in January was intended to help New Jersey, along with New York and Connecticut, rebuild.
But even that bill isn't immune to sequestration. Departments like the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Housing and Urban Development, which would receive portions of funding from the bill to be used in disaster assistance and recovery efforts, would see cuts.
According to the Washington Post, sequestration would cost FEMA approximately $878 million. Of that total, about $580 million would be cut specifically from the agency's disaster recovery budget.
HUD would also be a victim of sequestration. Though it's immediately unclear as to how much HUD would be impacted, state legislators have said that funding for the Community Development Block Grants, a grant program that will be used to help New Jersey small businesses to reopen and residents affected by Sandy cover the cost of elevating their homes, would see cuts.
In his State budget address Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie unveiled his $32.9 billion budget and along with it $40 million in funding for a Sandy recovery contingency plan. The funding, he said, would be used to as a last resort, stopgap aid used to bridge the delay gap between recovery projects and anticipated federal aid.
The hope is that whatever amount of the $40 million is used would eventually be recouped.
With sequestration looming, however, the contingency plan might not be enough. State Sen. Linda Greestein, D-14, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, said sequestration means trouble for New Jersey and its recovery efforts.
In his 45-minute budget presentation, Christie did not mention sequestration specifically, though he did call on legislators in Washington, D.C. to work together to resolve their issues, something he said they haven't been willing to do.
Sequestration will go into affect tomorrow, March 1 should the White House and Congress fail to reach some sort of budget cut compromise. The full impact of the cuts would not be immediately known until Friday, however, when the federal government would be forced to alert impacted agencies.