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State of New Jersey 
Department of the Treasury Division of Pensions and BenefitsMarch 2011
Please use the Table of Contents or the PDF Bookmarks to navigate this Handbook
Public Employees’Retirement System Handbook 
March 2011i
The New Jersey
Public Employees’Retirement System (PERS) Member Handbook 
has been revisedto incorporate changes to the retirement system made since the last version was published in 2005.The
PERS Member Handbook 
provides a summary description of the benefits of the plan and outlinesthe rules and regulations governing the plan. The
PERS Member Handbook 
should provide you withall the information you need about your PERS benefits. It is as accurate as we could make it; howev-er, if there is a conflict with statutes governing the plan or regulations implementing the statutes, thestatutes and regulations will take precedence. Complete terms governing any employee benefit pro-gram are set forth in the New Jersey Statutes Annotated. Regulations, new or amended, are publishedin the New Jersey Register by the State Office of Administrative Law supplementing the New Jersey Administrative Code. This handbook, containing current updates, is available for viewing over theInternet at:
 Addenda booklets have been created for the Law Enforcement Officers (LEO), Legislative RetirementSystem, Prosecutors Part, and Workers’Compensation Judges Part of the PERS, which are compo-nents of the PERS, but have significantly different benefits. These addenda are available in addition tothe basic
PERS Member Handbook 
since they affect relatively few members. The addenda are avail-able for viewing over the Internet.If you are unsure of or have questions about any aspect of your PERS benefits, you should ask your employer representative or a counselor at the Division of Pensions and Benefits about them.Since this is your handbook, we would appreciate any comments or suggestions for improvement thatyou might have. Please send them to the address listed below. An evaluation form is available for your use onpage 47.Division of Pensions and Benefits ATTN: Publications UnitP.O. Box 295Trenton, NJ 08625-0295

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