After years of debate, Robbinsville's request to officially change its zip code to 08691 has been approved.

An initial request for the 08691 designations ( back in August 2016) was denied by the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Residents have often complained the zip code affected everything from mail to GPS coordinates and even their car insurance rates.

"We've heard our residents loud and clear regarding their desire to have "Robbinsville 08691" be their official postal designation," Mayor Dave Fried said in a statement issued Monday.

Of course, it may take some time for everything to get updated across the board, so you'll want to pack some patience.

"This is very good news and big step in the right direction. It may take some time for businesses to update their mailing lists purchased from the post office, but making Robbinsville the primary holder of 08691 was absolutely a battle worth fighting," Fried says.

The effort actually started 13 years ago and it was led by the township's administrator Joy Tozzi. In addition to the 2016 request being denied, an effort in 2018 fell flat.The 2018 attempt for the zip code was thwarted when then may Kelly Yaede refused to sign off on the proposal.

Hamilton's Mayor Jeff Martin submitted a request to the USPS on February 13, 2020, for the zip code desgination.

"Being a helpful neighbor, especially at no cost, is an easy thing to do," Mayor Martin said in a statement. "Hamilton residents in the 08691 zip code should also receive the benefit of lower insurance costs due to the change. We congratulate Robbinsville on their successful journey and wish all the residents of 08691 well."

By the way, there will be a period of transition likely for the new zip code.

"It may take some time before the change is fully implemented, including Robbinsville mail stamped "Trenton 08691" and/or "Hamilton 08691," Township officials say.

In addition to lauding Mayor Martin, Robbinsville's mayor Dave Fried took the time to thank Congressman Chris Smith, Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo, and the township's business administrator Joy Tozzi for their efforts.

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