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Lopez Statement on Federal Ruling on Census Deadline Extension

      (TRENTON) – Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-Middlesex), a member of the New Jersey Complete Count Commission, released the following statement on a recent ruling by a federal judge that will allow counting for the 2020 Census to continue until October 31, an extension of the current September 30 deadline:
“The COVID-19 pandemic and attacks from the Trump administration have created serious obstacles in achieving our goal of a complete and accurate 2020 Census count. Another thirty days will go a long way in making sure that New Jersey has the most accurate data possible and will be fairly represented in the next decade to come. While I applaud the court’s ruling, I expect that the decision will be appealed by the Justice Department and will likely make its way to the Supreme Court. Although this ruling is a monumental step in the right direction for a complete count, barring any official notice from the U.S. Census Bureau our deadline remains September 30th. I am hopeful that the deadline will be extended, however we must adhere to the current timeline and use the next five days to urge all New Jerseyans to complete their 2020 Census form.”