After ending the 2011 fiscal year with a net loss of $5.1 billion, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has proposed closing and consolidating 50 post offices and processing centers in New Jersey and about 3,700 nationwide. Newark could lose four post offices and West Ward Councilman Ronald Rice says he will fight the closures, which would bring more economic hardship to the area.
The majority of the proposed closures are in northern New Jersey, though the USPS list has not yet been finalized. There are currently more than 25,000 postal employees in New Jersey and a USPS spokesman said the closures could impact several hundred jobs in the state. The USPS has delayed any closings or consolidations until May 15 after getting requests from multiple senators. NJToday’s Lauren Wanko files this report from Newark.