New Jersey’s gender wage gap is greater than the national average, according to new research from MoneyGeek. And when it comes to states with similar political leanings, the Garden State fares worse…. The average women’s income is 80.2 percent of their male counterparts, creating an annual pay difference of $14,181…. MoneyGeek found the wage gap greater in Republican states, where women make 79.9 percent of men’s earnings, compared to Democratic states (83.2 percent). Fourteen of the 15 worst states for gender wage gaps are Republican-leaning and have restricted or prohibited abortion access.