State mails second wave of rebate checks

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:57

    TRENTON—The state mailed out 1.1 million rebate checks Monday in the second phase of the Fair And Immediate Relief (FAIR) program. One million elderly and disabled residents received rebate checks in August. ``We worked hard, in a difficult budget year, to provide FAIR rebate checks to help New Jersey’s middle-income families,’’ acting Gov. Richard J. Codey said last Monday. Rebates for those taxpayers shrank to $300-$350 under the $28 billion budget lawmakers approved in July. More than 410,000 elderly and disabled homeowners got rebates of $500 to $1,200, the same as last year, and 54,000 tenants got $150 to $825. An additional 650,000 renters who are not elderly or disabled got checks of $75. Applicants who file between Aug. 16 and Oct. 17 will be issued rebates as their paperwork is processed, if they missed the current cycle. Residents can get answers to questions about the program by calling 1-888-238-1233 or checking the state Treasury Department’s Web site.