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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Murphy asks New Jerseyans to do their civic duty and fill out census forms

Governor says N.J. has over $450 billion riding on Census data over next decade

By David Wildstein, July 31 2020 1:59 pm

An announcement today that the U.S. Census Bureau will stop door-to-door counting one month early caused Gov. Phil Murphy to push New Jerseyans to do their “civic duty” and fill out their census forms.

“We cannot overstate the importance of an accurate count of all New Jerseyans in the Census,” Murphy said.

Murphy said that the state has a gargantuan amount of money riding on the final 2020 Census – about $450 billion over the next ten years.

“It’s about protecting $45 billion every year in aid for our schools, our healthcare facilities and our communities,” Murphy said.   “It’s about making sure every family has healthy food to eat, and that our roads and transit systems are funded.  It’s about making sure we have what we need to rebound from this pandemic. It’s about making sure that we get back every dollar from Washington that we deserve.”

According to Murphy, about 2.5 million households have responded to the census so far, about 64.7% of the state.  He said New Jersey ranks 21st nationally of states that have counted their populations.

“We know New Jersey was undercounted in 2010, and because of that we have lost out on literally billions and billions of dollars over the past decade,” Murphy said.  “The news that the Census Bureau will stop its direct outreach one month early means that unless you do your civic duty, we will be undercounted again.”

The governor praised clergy members for persuading their congregations to participate in the census last weekend.  Murphy said he noticed numbers go up by Monday.

““We need you to make sure you are counted now,” Murphy said.  “It especially means our communities of color will be left out.”

Murphy asked New Jerseyans to visit 2020census.gov.

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