New Jersey and the Census

by Fred Waring

New Jersey has a genuine opportunity to change a Census Bureau residence rule that directly and unfairly discriminates against the state. The opportunity comes as a result of a 2006 National Academy of Science report (Once, Only Once and in the Right Place) that made a withering assessment of the existing Census Bureau rules for determining residence. The rule that adversely affects New Jersey mandates that college students living away from home must be counted as residents of the state and municipality where their college is located rather than at their parent’s home.

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