Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-Bergen, Passaic) issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision to shorten the Census deadline to October 15.
“The Supreme Court decision to roll back the deadline is a disgrace to the meaning and purpose of the Census count. An incomplete count for residents in cities and states around the country will translate into thousands of dollars in federal funding missed, aid people will truly need to get through this pandemic. The negative impact of an undercount will be felt for the next ten years.
“No way could we have predicted a pandemic would hit this year and make it more difficult to reach people in their homes. However, census workers have gone above and beyond the call of duty to try to ensure every New Jersey resident gets counted. There are only a few hours left. The deadline is at midnight tonight.
“It is imperative to keep encouraging, up to the last minute, residents who have not filled out the census get online and answer those questions. Filling out the census form is safe, secure and takes less than five minutes.”