Everyone’s experience applying for Social Security Disability benefits will be unique. Part of this is because everyone’s individual medical and work history is different. But, potential applicants should also know that each state – like New Jersey – has its own story to tell in terms of social security disability benefit approval rates at each stage of the process, as well as waiting times at the hearing stage.

Why is State-by-State Information Important?

Specialized disability advocates (like us here at Citizens Disability) and New Jersey social security disability attorneys know all too well how important it is to understand that every state is different. It’s very helpful to know what the trends are, how long the wait times are from office to office, and what the different rates of approvals are.

Citizens Disability takes a data-driven approach to helping our clients. We want to make sure that we’re giving our clients the best possible advice at every step in the application process. We also work very hard to present the best possible case for each of our clients. Bringing together data from a wide variety of sources – including data like this, which comes from the Social Security Administration – allows us to make smart decisions when we present cases for our clients.

Finally, this information can be very helpful to applicants. Applying for social security benefits is likely a new experience for most applicants, and having an idea of what they can expect from the process can help them be engaged and involved participants with their advocates.

While your own journey may be different than the trends you see here, these tables and charts can help you understand what, on average, you can expect.

You will also find location and contact information for all the offices in New Jersey below.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in New Jersey – What You Need To Know

There are generally three stages in the application process for Social Security Disability benefits: initial application, reconsideration, and the hearing. In this table, you can see how New Jersey compares to the national average (all states in America) when it comes to approval rates at each of those stages.

Initial Application (L1)Reconsideration (L2)Hearing (L3)
New Jersey38.7%14.0%60.1%
National Average35.1%12.5%53.9%
State Difference:3.6%1.5%6.2%

As the table shows, New Jersey is just slightly ahead at all three levels – Initial Application, Reconsideration, and Hearing.

New Jersey Initial Application Approval Over Time

Initial Application Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
New Jersey38.7%39.4%38.3%38.6%40.6%40.2%41.9%45.0%46.1%
National Average35.6%34.7%33.7%33.1%32.8%33.0%33.4%33.2%35.1%
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As the table and the below chart show, New Jersey has declining to match the national average of Initial Applications going back to at least 2010. In 2018, New Jersey ranked 22nd in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have Declined in New Jersey over the last few years, they still are slightly above the national average. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.

New Jersey Reconsideration Approval Over Time

Reconsideration Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
New Jersey14.0%15.0%14.1%13.9%13.2%13.3%14.9%15.2%16.1%
National Average12.6%13.1%12.8%11.8%11.0%11.4%11.9%11.4%12.5%
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As the table and the below chart indicate, New Jersey has been declining, approaching the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. In 2018, New Jersey ranked 23rd in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Reconsideration. However, as you can see, in general, the chances of winning approval at Reconsideration are not particularly high. That is why many applicants must continue in the next level, the Hearing.

New Jersey Hearings Approval Over Time

Hearing Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
New Jersey60.1%64.5%59.4%61.8%65.9%67.1%68.6%73.9%74.4%
National Average53.9%56.8%54.7%53.4%53.7%55.5%57.7%62.5%67.2%
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As the table and the below chart indicate, new Jersey has slightly better than the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2018, New Jersey ranked 5th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.

However, as you’ll see below, all individual hearing offices in New Jersey are not the same – each office has its own approval rates, and almost as importantly, waiting times. Which hearing office your case is assigned to in New Jersey may have a significant bearing on your chances for approval.

Also worthy of note is the fact that past performance is only one indicator of likely outcomes; as new data comes in, you might see that a state’s performance compared to the national average has either improved or weakened.

New Jersey SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office

New Jersey is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 2,” which is headquartered in New York. There are 3 hearing offices in New Jersey. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to New Jersey and National Averages.

The “Hearing Wait Time (Months)” is, on average, how long it takes in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing and when that hearing occurs.

The “Average Disposition Time (Days)” is, on average, the number of days in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing, and when the Administrative Law Judge who hears their case actually makes a decision on that case.

The “Average Approval Rate” is percentage at which cases are decided in favor of the applicant.

Hearing Wait Time (Months)Average Disposition Time (Days)Average Approval Rate (2019)
National Average15.453452.7%
New Jersey Average18.363147.2%
JERSEY CITY17.559849.1%
NEWARK18.462847.7%
SOUTH JERSEY19.066845.0%

As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2019, you will have to wait longer for a hearing as well as fight a harder battle. Wait times and approval rates in New Jersey is worse than the national average at all offices.

These waiting times and approval rates only highlight how important it can be to have a qualified representative – such as an Advocate from Citizens Disability – working on your case. The Government Accountability Office has done research that shows that an applicant who has a representative has an up to three times greater chance of being approved than a person who goes it alone.


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Hearing Offices in New Jersey & The SSA Offices They Serve

These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in New Jersey. These offices are where hearings are scheduled and generally conducted. Each OHO office supports a number of regional Social Security Administration field offices. You are likely (but not guaranteed) to have your hearing scheduled with a Judge who works in the OHO office that supports the SSA field office nearest to you.

Hearing Office Region 2 Jersey City SSA, OHO
Second Floor 325 West Side Avenue
Jersey City, New Jersey 07305
(877) 773-7451 • (201) 324-1709 • (877) 560-6890
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NEW JERSEY: Hoboken, Jersey City
NEW YORK: Hylan Boulevard, South Bronx, Staten Island

Hearing Office Region 2 Newark SSA, OHO
3rd Floor 1100 Raymond Boulevard
Newark, New Jersey 07102
(877) 405-9798 • (973) 645-2467 • (877) 482-0781
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NEW JERSEY: Clifton, East Orange, Hackensack, New Brunswick, Newark, Newton, Parsippany, Paterson, Somerville, Springfield Ave, Union Township, Woodbridge

Hearing Office Region 2 South Jersey SSA, OHO
2475 McClellan Avenue Pennsauken, New Jersey 08109
(866) 964-5769 • (856) 317-3421 • (877) 389-3957
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NEW JERSEY: Brick, Bridgeton, Cherry Hill, Egg Harbor Township, Glassboro, Mount Holly, Neptune, Rio Grande, Toms River, Trenton

List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in new Jersey

Office NameLocationAddressCityStatePhone Number
NEWARK NJROOM 1035970 BROAD STREETNEWARKNJ7102(800) 772-1213
TRENTON NJROEBLING MARKET635 S CLINTON AVETRENTONNJ8611(800) 772-1213
CHERRY HILL NJ6 EXECUTIVE CAMPUSSUITE 200CHERRY HILLNJ8002(800) 772-1213
PATERSON NJFIRST FLOOR200 FEDERAL PLZPATERSONNJ7505(800) 772-1213
UNION TOWNSHIP NJ855 LEHIGH AVEUNIONNJ7083(800) 772-1213
WOODBRIDGE NJ3RD FLOOR190 MIDDLESEX TRNPIKEISELINNJ8830(800) 772-1213
JERSEY CITY NJ325 WEST SIDE AVENUEJERSEY CITYNJ7305(800) 772-1213
CLIFTON NJ935 ALLWOOD RDCLIFTONNJ7012(800) 772-1213
EGG HARBOR TWP NJ1350 DOUGHTY RDEGG HARBOR TWPNJ8234(800) 772-1213
BRIDGETON NJ149 WEST BROAD STREETBRIDGETONNJ8302(800) 772-1213
NEPTUNE3310 STATE ROUTE 66NEPTUNENJ7753(800) 772-1213
HACKENSACK NJCONTINENTAL PLZ 2FL401 HACKENSACK AVEHACKENSACKNJ7601(800) 772-1213
EAST ORANGE NJ7 GLENWOOD AVE STE 100EAST ORANGENJ7017(800) 772-1213
PARSIPPANY NJ2ND FLOOR2200 STATE RT 10PARSIPPANYNJ7054(800) 772-1213
NEW BRUNSWICK NJSUITE 200550 JERSEY AVENUENEW BRUNSWICKNJ8901(800) 772-1213
SPRINGFIELD AVE NJ274 SPRINGFIELD AVENEWARKNJ7103(800) 772-1213
GLASSBORO NJ830 DELSEA DR NORTHGLASSBORONJ8028(800) 772-1213
TOMS RIVER NJ190 ST CATHERINE BLVDTOMS RIVERNJ8755(800) 772-1213
RIO GRANDE NJ1046 ROUTE 47 SOUTHRIO GRANDENJ8242(800) 772-1213
BRIDGEWATER NJ245 HIGHWAY 22SUITE 207BRIDGEWATERNJ8807(800) 772-1213
HOBOKEN NJ6TH FL79 HUDSON STHOBOKENNJ7030(800) 772-1213
MT LAUREL NJ532 FELLOWSHIP ROADSUITE EMOUNT LAURELNJ8054(800) 772-1213
NEWTON NJ20 EAST CLINTON STREETNEWTONNJ7860(800) 772-1213
BRICK NJ2620 YORKTOWNE BLVDBRICKNJ8723(800) 772-1213
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All data on this page is current as of July, 2019.

About Citizens Disability, LLC:

Since 2010, Citizens Disability has been America’s premier Social Security Disability institution. Our services include helping people in applying for SSDI benefits, managing the process through Reconsideration, and representing people in person at their Hearing, and if necessary, bringing their case to the Appeals Council. Our mission is to give a voice to the millions of Americans who are disabled and unable to work, helping them receive the Social Security Disability benefits to which they may be entitled. Learn more about us and disability benefits like SSDI & SSI or give us a call (800)492-3260.