PARAMUS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A New Jersey congressman is calling on the State Department to take urgent action on the massive passport backlog.

It has sent travel plans into chaos.

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About two million passports are in a holding pattern, waiting for processing at the State Department. Right now, there’s an 18 week wait.

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Gottheimer says emergency appointments in New Jersey are not available for the next three weeks, and some New Jersey residents are crossing state lines to seek appointments.

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On Sunday, Sen. Charles Schumer called on the State Department to act and get people out of what he calls “passport purgatory.”

CBSNewYork Team