New Jersey seniors still owed stimulus checks

More than 120,000 senior citizens in New Jersey have still not received their federal economic stimulus check.

Phil Orlando, coordinator at the Newark Center of Aging, says 60 percent of those who have not received a check are 65 years old or older. With the Oct. 15 deadline to file for a rebate looming, Newark officials and others are trying to get the word out to seniors who might be owed money.

"Many feel it's something they're not entitled to if they're not filing income tax," says Orlando. "They might simply feel they don't want to resurface in the system for whatever reasons or there could be language difficulties or an inability to read."

Officials say the $300 and $600 checks could help the seniors afford necessities like food, as well as provide a booster shot to the struggling state economy.

For more on the stimulus checks, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.Internal Revenue Service

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