STENDER: ‘ALARMING’ LOW RESPONSE TO CENSUS IN NJ HIGHLIGHTS CONTINUED NEED FOR AWARENESS

Assemblywoman to Continue Efforts with Various Groups to Ensure Every Household is Counted

(TRENTON) — Citing concerns among U.S. Census Bureau officials at the unusually low response rate to the 2010 Census from parts of New Jersey — as reported by the Star-Ledger — Assembly State Government Committee Chairwoman Linda Stender (D-Union) issued the following statement:

“If we are to receive proper representation and federal aid in the next decade we must do more to step up our response to the Census, especially in our cities and urban areas.

“It is the basis for determining much of the math in Washington, from how many Congressional seats we have to how much federal funding we get for our schools, roads and our neighborhoods.

“Answering the questionnaire is safe and secure. Disclosure of any private information included in the census — like names and addresses — is a serious federal crime. This year’s form is also quick and easy to complete, containing only 10 questions that take about 10 minutes to answer.

“Plus, filling out the Census form helps save taxpayer money. For every one percent increase in mailed responses, taxpayers nationwide save $85 million — funds that otherwise would be required to pay door-to-door census takers.

“Through my committee and through the efforts of groups like the League of Municipalities, I will continue to urge every New Jerseyan to stand up and be counted.”

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