Raymond J Castro

castro200x150Ray Castro, Senior Policy Analyst, joined NJPP in 2006 after more than 30 years with the New Jersey Department of Human Services. Prior to serving as the Director of the DHS Office of Legislative Services he held a number of posts, including Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations, Policy Analyst, Program Development Specialist and Legislative Analyst. Castro was closely involved with state legislation relating to New Jersey FamilyCare, Medicaid and child welfare programs and helped develop the policy and legislative strategy that led to New Jersey’s state Earned Income Tax Credit. He is an expert in national and state welfare-to work policies and legislation.

He received a BA in psychology from the University of California-Berkeley and holds a master’s in social work with a specialization in policy from Rutgers University.

Email: castro (at) njpp.org | Phone: 609-393-1145 ext. 11


Time For Affordability

Surprise out-of-network medical bills contribute to New Jersey’s health care affordability problem. It’s time for reform.

No, New Jersey’s Poorest Aren’t Offered a ‘Very Large’ Package of Benefits

The Department of Human Services Commissioner says families in WorkFirst NJ are offered a ”very large” package of benefits from other programs. But that’s just not the case.

Op-Ed: New Jersey Should Give All Families a Shot at Success By Boosting Basic Assistance

One of the main causes for deep child poverty is the erosion of basic assistance to New Jersey families facing the biggest economic challenges.

Senate Chamber of the New Jersey State House, Trenton, USA

2017 Budget Testimony: Reject Estate Tax Repeal & Boost Assistance for Poor Families

A tax cut that benefits just the wealthy few is glaringly out of step with budget priorities of New Jersey, will make it harder to restore earlier funding cuts and will make it nearly impossible to do much to tackle some of the state’s other big problems, like growing poverty.


Increasing TANF Assistance to New Jersey Families is Long Overdue

The TANF cash benefit, which is $424 a month for a family of three, has not been increased in 29 years. Ronald Reagan was still president, and the Bangles’ “Walk Like an Egyptian” was the top hit of the day.