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New Jersey Ranks Near Last for Return on Taxes Paid to the Federal Government

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New Jersey Is 2021’s 2nd Least Federally Dependent State

Ridgewood NJ, with states having received hundreds of billions of dollars in federal aid during the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released updated rankings for 2021’s Most & Least Federally Dependent States, as well as accompanying videos.

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Bergen Municipalities to Receive $351,302,264.45 in COVID Relief

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Washington DC, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) today released a county-by-county and town-by-town breakdown of the $10.189 billion in direct, flexible, federal assistance to state and local governments allocated to New Jersey in the American Rescue Plan.  The final funding formula targets federal resources to areas with the greatest need and is modeled after Sen. Menendez’s bipartisan SMART Act, cosponsored by Sen. Booker, netting New Jersey around $1 billion more than had the money been distributed by population.

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2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Lets Trump Administration Withhold Funds from Sanctuary States and Cities

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New York NY,  striking a blow to the Murphy Administrations sanctuary policies  a federal appeals court said the Trump administration can withhold funds from New York City and seven states including New Jersey that have declared themselves sanctuaries from federal immigration policies, setting the stage for possible U.S. Supreme Court action.

The decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan overturned a lower court ruling ordering the administration to release funding to New York City and seven states; New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, Massachusetts, Virginia and Rhode Island.

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1 in10 New Jersey Residents is a Non-Citizen


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Hackensack NJ, New Jersey is home to about 900,000 residents who are not United States citizens . That’ equals about 1 in 10 people in the state, according to most recent estimates. Census figures put Ridgewood’s non-citizen population at about 2,000, or approximately 8 percent of the village’s 25,500 residents.

The Ridgewood Public Library even hosts six-week program meets twice weekly for 90-minute classes. It uses the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services booklet “Learn About the United States, Quick Civic Lessons for the Naturalization Test.”

The federal government is planning to have the 2020 Census ask people their citizenship status. Many elected officials and community advocates say such a question could threaten federal funding for states like New Jersey.

The simple solution would be to create more US citizens in order to safe guard Federal Funds .

The next Census Day is set for April 1, 2020, and a 2017 release from the U.S. Census Bureau identified the date for wording of all Census questions to be submitted to Congress as March 31 of this year. So for those fighting for a question on citizenship status to be excluded, the clock has been ticking for months already.

To give you an idea of the magnitude of the issue the Ridgewood blog has listed the towns the have the largest concentration of Non-citizens in Bergen County .

Palisades Park
U.S.-born citizens: 6,887
Naturalized citizens: 6,057
Non-citizens: 7,215 — 35%

South Hackensack
U.S.-born citizens: 1,534
Naturalized citizens: 455
Non-citizens: 725 — 27%

U.S.-born citizens: 6,843
Naturalized citizens: 3,687
Non-citizens: 3,608 — 25%

Little Ferry
U.S.-born citizens: 5,669
Naturalized citizens: 2,570
Non-citizens: 2,431 — 22%

U.S.-born citizens: 25,272
Naturalized citizens: 8,238
Non-citizens: 9,631 — 22%

Fort Lee
U.S.-born citizens: 16,475
Naturalized citizens: 11,398
Non-citizens: 7,941 — 22%

U.S.-born citizens: 4,853
Naturalized citizens: 2,220
Non-citizens: 1,935 — 21%

U.S.-born citizens: 63
Naturalized citizens: 5
Non-citizens: 18 — 21%

U.S.-born citizens: 6,698
Naturalized citizens: 2,559
Non-citizens: 2,503 — 21%

U.S.-born citizens: 17,663
Naturalized citizens: 6,885
Non-citizens: 6,251 — 20%

U.S.-born citizens: 5,790
Naturalized citizens: 3,087
Non-citizens: 2,208 — 20%

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Trump’s Sanctuary City Stance Ripples Through NJ Campaign


The Trump administration’s emphasis this week on quashing sanctuary cities’ efforts to shelter immigrants without legal permission has ricocheted through the New Jersey governor’s race.

By MICHAEL CATALINI, Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Trump administration’s emphasis this week on quashing sanctuary cities’ efforts to shelter immigrants ( shelter illegal immigrants) without legal permission ricocheted through the New Jersey governor’s race.

Democrats vowed to push back against President Donald Trump, setting up a potential showdown over federal funding that the GOP president says is on the line. Republicans, meanwhile, criticize sanctuary cities and question their purpose.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who is term-limited, has said there’s “no chance” he’ll back Democratic lawmakers’ efforts to require the state to pick up the tab if federal dollars to sanctuary cities are cut.