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Pallone Hosts 2020 Census Job Fair, Urges New Jerseyans to Participate in Census

January 13, 2020
Press Release
"Everyone can make a difference in our community by taking a few minutes to make sure they are counted in the 2020 Census.”

Long Branch, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) hosted a job fair for the 2020 Census and urged all New Jerseyans to participate in the census. An accurate count ensures New Jersey receives its fair share of more than $800 billion in federal funding for health care, infrastructure projects, and safety net programs. Individuals who are interested in applying for jobs or want more information about the 2020 census can visit 2020Census.gov to learn more.

“We must make sure that everyone is counted. We know the Trump Administration is trying to use the census to benefit Republicans at the expense of immigrant and low-income communities, and these kind of partisan games have serious implications for the federal funds New Jersey receives for safety net programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid, as well as funding for infrastructure projects,” Congressman Pallone said. “Everyone can make a difference in our community by taking a few minutes to make sure they are counted in the 2020 Census. It only takes a few minutes to fill out the simple questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail. The census only happens once every ten years, so it’s important that we all take the time to get counted.”

Beginning in March, households will receive an invitation by mail to participate in the census online or over the phone. If they do not respond, households will receive paper forms in the mail by early April. The Census Bureau will send workers to homes by late May if there is no response. The Census Bureau is bound by law to keep answers confidential and may not share them with any law enforcement agency or court.

“While a census is a national event, in order to be successful, it must be conducted at the local level. This starts with hiring people to work in their own communities,” said Jeff Behler, U.S. Census Bureau New York Regional Director. “We look forward to our continued partnership with Congressman Frank Pallone’s office to ensure that together we provide easy and ample opportunities for local community members to apply for census jobs.”

“We are pleased that libraries are serving as key partners in the upcoming 2020 Census. Given that 99% of difficult-to-count areas are located within five miles of a public library, libraries are essential partners in achieving a complete count,” said Tonya Garcia, Director of the Long Branch Free Public Library. “This is the first census with a significant online response component, and libraries are the primary source of Internet access for many Americans. Long Branch Public Library is here to assist Congressman Pallone and the City of Long Branch to ensure that every person is counted.”

“There's never been a time more important than right now to engage in shaping what will impact the future of our country and more importantly where we live and work every day. There's also never been an opportunity more essential than supporting and working in Census 2020 efforts in our communities,” said Tasha Youngblood Brown, who represents the Monmouth County Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and WEB Dubois Economic Development Corporation.

“The Census is a project with no face, status or religion. This is a project where individuals matter. Come and help us make a difference,” said Luciana Silva, Director of BR Center.

Last March, Congressman Pallone led a bipartisan letter with every member of the New Jersey delegation in the House of Representatives. The letter encouraged state leaders to ensure that the state supplements funding for the 2020 Census. The state budget the Governor signed into law last summer included $9 million in supplemental funding to increase outreach.

 

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