Competitive Census Counting in New Jersey
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As 2010 Census nears, Jersey City eyes top spot in state
by Ralph R. Ortega/The Star-LedgerSunday August 02, 2009, 7:43 AM
Jersey City is No. 2, but has its eyes on the top spot.
Newark, meanwhile, is entrenched like an old champion not ready to give up its title.Mahala Gaylord/The Star-LedgerFans at All Points West Music Festival on Friday in Jersey City, which is inching its way closer to Newark in total population.
Up for grabs is the right to be known as the largest city in New Jersey and the winner will be crowned after the 2010 Census. At stake beyond those bragging rights are billions of dollars in population-based funding — money that has both cities ramping up their efforts ahead of the count.
“It’s going to be close,” said Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy last month.
But Newark officials say there’s no contest.
“Unless they take one of the most historic population jumps of any city in America, not just in New Jersey, they’re not going to catch us,” Newark Mayor Cory Booker said.
The latest population estimates show what Jersey City is up against. Newark has 278,980 residents — a cushion of 37,866 over its Hudson County rival across Newark Bay.
Despite the long-shot odds of Jersey City coming out ahead of Newark any time soon, the Census will determine how $300 billion will be doled out by the federal government each year for a decade, starting next year, said Raul Vicente, a spokesman for the Census. That means officials across New Jersey are doing everything they can to make sure they’re not under-counted