Jefferson Township, New Jersey

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Jefferson Township, New Jersey
—  Township  —
Jefferson Township highlighted in Morris County. Inset map: Morris County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Jefferson Township, New Jersey
Coordinates: 41°00′10″N 74°33′34″W / 41.002672°N 74.559507°W / 41.002672; -74.559507Coordinates: 41°00′10″N 74°33′34″W / 41.002672°N 74.559507°W / 41.002672; -74.559507
CountryUnited States
StateNew Jersey
CountyMorris
IncorporatedFebruary 11, 1804
Government[1]
 • TypeFaulkner Act (Mayor-Council)
 • MayorRussell Felter (term ends December 31, 2013)[2]
 • AdministrationJames M. Leach[3]
 • ClerkLori Harvin[4]
Area[5]
 • Total43.108 sq mi (111.651 km2)
 • Land39.132 sq mi (101.353 km2)
 • Water3.976 sq mi (10.298 km2)  9.22%
Elevation[6]1,020 ft (311 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total21,314
 • Density544.7/sq mi (210.3/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code07435 - Newfoundland[10]
07438 - Oak Ridge[11]
07849 - Lake Hopatcong[12]
07885 - Wharton[13]
Area code(s)862/973
FIPS code3402734980[5][14][15]
GNIS feature ID0882210[5][16]
WebsiteOfficial website
 
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Jefferson Township, New Jersey
—  Township  —
Jefferson Township highlighted in Morris County. Inset map: Morris County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Jefferson Township, New Jersey
Coordinates: 41°00′10″N 74°33′34″W / 41.002672°N 74.559507°W / 41.002672; -74.559507Coordinates: 41°00′10″N 74°33′34″W / 41.002672°N 74.559507°W / 41.002672; -74.559507
CountryUnited States
StateNew Jersey
CountyMorris
IncorporatedFebruary 11, 1804
Government[1]
 • TypeFaulkner Act (Mayor-Council)
 • MayorRussell Felter (term ends December 31, 2013)[2]
 • AdministrationJames M. Leach[3]
 • ClerkLori Harvin[4]
Area[5]
 • Total43.108 sq mi (111.651 km2)
 • Land39.132 sq mi (101.353 km2)
 • Water3.976 sq mi (10.298 km2)  9.22%
Elevation[6]1,020 ft (311 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total21,314
 • Density544.7/sq mi (210.3/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code07435 - Newfoundland[10]
07438 - Oak Ridge[11]
07849 - Lake Hopatcong[12]
07885 - Wharton[13]
Area code(s)862/973
FIPS code3402734980[5][14][15]
GNIS feature ID0882210[5][16]
WebsiteOfficial website

Jefferson Township is the northern-most township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States.[17] As of the 2010 United States Census, the township population was 21,314,[7][8][9] having increased by 1,597 (+8.1%) from the 19,717 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,892 (+10.6%) from the 17,825 counted in the 1990 Census.[18]

Jefferson Township was formed as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 11, 1804, from portions of Pequannock Township and Roxbury Township.[19] The township was named after Thomas Jefferson, the President of the United States at the time the Township was created.[20]

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Geography

Jefferson Township is located at 41°00′10″N 74°33′34″W / 41.002672°N 74.559507°W / 41.002672; -74.559507 (41.002672,-74.559507). According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 43.108 square miles (111.651 km2), of which, 39.132 square miles (101.353 km2) of it is land and 3.976 square miles (10.298 km2) of it (9.22%) is water.[5][21]

The township can be divided into two halves, Milton and Lake Hopatcong.[22] Each half has its own first-aid squad, fire department substation, and set of elementary schools. Addresses in the Milton section of the township are classified under the Oak Ridge mailing city, which is shared with a portion of West Milford Township, or in the Newfoundland mailing area, shared with a portion of West Milford and Rockaway Township. Addresses in Lake Hopatcong use either Lake Hopatcong (not to be confused with the Hopatcong mailing city used in the Borough of Hopatcong) or Wharton as their mailing city. The Jefferson Township Municipal Building, Middle School, High School, Recycling Center, and school bus depot are positioned at the boundary between the two halves of the township.[citation needed]

Lake Swannanoa is an unincorporated area located within Jefferson Township.[23]

Transportation

A few major roads pass through Jefferson. Berkshire Valley Road, officially CR 513, is the only major county road that passes through for a short stretch in the northeast section. State routes include Route 15 (part of the "Sparta Bypass") in the southwest, Route 23 in the northeast (as it crises-crosses along the Passaic county line) and Route 181 in the southwest.

Interstate 80 also passes through very briefly in the southern tip without any interchanges; the closest exits are 33 and 34 in neighboring Wharton.

New Jersey Transit provides local bus service on the 967 and MCM7 routes.[24]

Demographics

Historical populations
CensusPop.
18801,792
18901,611−10.1%
19001,341−16.8%
19101,303−2.8%
19201,226−5.9%
19301,2542.3%
19401,54823.4%
19502,74477.3%
19606,884150.9%
197014,122105.1%
198016,41316.2%
199017,8258.6%
200019,71710.6%
201021,3148.1%
Population sources:1880-1890[25]
1890-1910[26] 1910-1930[27]
1900-1990[28] 2000[29] 2010[7][8][9]

Census 2010

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,314 people, 7,830 households, and 5,794 families residing in the township. The population density was 544.7 inhabitants per square mile (210.3 /km2). There were 8,597 housing units at an average density of 219.7 per square mile (84.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 90.64% (19,318) White, 1.56% (332) African American, 0.08% (18) Native American, 4.60% (981) Asian, 0.02% (4) Pacific Islander, 1.49% (317) from other races, and 1.61% (344) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.48% (1,382) of the population.[7]

There were 7,830 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.0% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.19.[7]

In the township the age distribution of the population shows 24.6% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.9 years. For every 100 females there were 100.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.3 males.[7] The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $92,095 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,923) and the median family income was $102,324 (+/- $6,788). Males had a median income of $73,152 (+/- $3,827) versus $51,933 (+/- $2,776) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $37,912 (+/- $1,795). About 2.6% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.[30]

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census[14] there were 19,717 people, 7,131 households, and 5,448 families residing in the township. The population density was 485.3 people per square mile (187.4/km²). There were 7,527 housing units at an average density of 185.2 per square mile (71.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.14% White, 0.83% African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.07% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.41% of the population.[29][31]

As of the 2000 Census, 25.7% of residents identified their ancestry as Italian, 22.9% Irish, 21.7% German, 11.6% English and 10.0% Polish.[29]

There were 7,131 households out of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.5% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.17.[29]

In the township the age distribution of the population shows 26.9% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 33.8% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.8 males.[29]

The median income for a household in the township was $68,837, and the median income for a family was $76,974. Males had a median income of $51,359 versus $37,849 for females. The per capita income for the township was $27,950. About 1.0% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.[29]

Government

Local government

Jefferson Township is governed under a Mayor-Council system of municipal government under the Faulkner Act. The government consists of a Mayor and a five-member Township Council whose members are elected at-large in partisan elections to serve four-year terms on a staggered basis, with either three council seats or two council seats and the mayor coming up for election every other year.[1]

As of 2012, the Mayor of Jefferson Township is Russell Felter, whose term of office runs to December 31, 2014.[3] Members of the Jefferson Township Council are Council President Richard Yocum (term ends December 31, 2012), Council Vice-President Debi Merz (2014), Robert Birmingham (2012), Jay Dunham (2012) and Michael Sanchelli (2014).[32]

In the 2010 race for mayor, Russell Felter defeated Democrat Horace Chamberlain. Township Council incumbents Debi Merz and Michael Sanchelli ran unopposed. In the race to fill the remaining portion of the term vacated by Brooke Hardy, incumbent Jay Dunham defeated independent Kim Finnegan.[33]

Federal, state and county representation

Jefferson Township is in the 11th Congressional district[34] and is part of New Jersey's 26th state legislative district.[8][35] Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Jefferson Township had been in the 25th state legislative district.[34]

New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, Harding Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

The 26th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Joseph Pennacchio (R, Montville) and in the General Assembly by Jay Webber (R, Morris Plains).[36] Republican Alex DeCroce, who had been the longest-serving member of the Assembly, died at the New Jersey State House on January 9, 2012, the day before he would have taken office for his next term.[37] On January 25, 2012, his widow, BettyLou DeCroce, was selected by the Morris County Republican Committee to replace him in the Assembly until a November 2012 special election is held.[38] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[39] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[40]

Morris County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year.[41] As of 2011, Morris County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director William J. Chegwidden (Wharton),[42] Deputy Freeholder Director Douglas R. Cabana (Boonton Township),[43] Gene F. Feyl (Denville),[44] Ann F. Grassi (Parsippany-Troy Hills),[45] Thomas J. Mastrangelo (Montville),[46] John J. Murphy (Morris Township)[47] and Hank Lyon (Montville Township),[48][49]

Education

The Jefferson Township Public Schools serve students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[50]) are Milton School (PreK, 162 students - covers kindergarten as of 2010-11), Robert F. Drummond School (K, 115 students - closed as of 2010-11[51]), Ellen T. Briggs School (1&2, 263 students - covers K-2 as of 2010-11), Cozy Lake School (1&2, 276 students), Arthur T. Stanlick school (3-5, 396 students), White Rock Elementary School (3-5, 433 students), Jefferson Township Middle School (6-8, 815 students) and Jefferson Township High School (9-12, 1,123 students).

Jefferson Township Day

Newfoundland Train Station

Every year, the weekend following Independence Day, The Jefferson Arts Committee hosts a day of celebration known as Jefferson Township Day (it is colloquially referred to as "Jefferson Day"). Throughout the entire day, entertainment and festivities at the Jefferson Township High School are provided. In the morning, a parade featuring the town's fire trucks, high school marching band and other local groups march down Weldon Road. After the parade, there are a variety of activities set up on the Jefferson Township High School grounds for participants of Jefferson Day, including children's games, food and craft vendors, and performances at two stages. At night, the Jefferson Township Community Band, directed by Peter Tummillo Jr., performs before the display of fireworks.[52]

The 21st annual Jefferson Township Day was held on July 14, 2007.[53] The 22nd annual Jefferson Township Day was held on July 12, 2008.[54] The 26th annual Jefferson Township day will be held on July 14, 2012 [55]

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Jefferson Township include:

References

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  3. ^ a b Mayor & Administration Page, Jefferson Township. Accessed August 7, 2012.
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  23. ^ Cella, Chris. "Jefferson Township officials need further discussion on Lake Swannanoa", Aim Jefferson, April 14, 2011. Accessed September 8, 2011. "At last week's Jefferson Town Council meeting there was a large turnout as many townspeople anxiously awaited the discussions regarding the Lake Swannanoa dam restoration. During the March 16 meeting over 40 people spoke out during the public portion of the meeting, voicing their opinions and thoughts as to whether or not the town should agree to pay for repairs on the Swannanoa dam, as proposed by the Lake Swannanoa Homeowners Association."
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  50. ^ Data for the Jefferson Township Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 8, 2011.
  51. ^ Staff. "The Thumbs Tell It", Aim Jefferson, March 18, 2011. Accessed March 24, 2011. "Thumbs Down to Mr. Feldman and the BOE's justification of spending money to renovate Drummond School. We were all willing to make the sacrifice of cramming the kindergarten kids in to Briggs to save almost $100K/year in rent to house the BOE in office space. However, to even attempt to justify spending this money in renovations is absolutely ridiculous!"
  52. ^ Home page, Jefferson Arts Committee. Accessed November 23, 2008.
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  56. ^ Jennings, Rob. "Jefferson native, SpongeBob go way back: Cartoonist an executive producer for animated film", Daily Record (Morristown), November 19, 2004. Accessed October 23, 2007. "But in Jefferson, Drymon is perhaps best remembered as an offensive guard and defensive tackle on the high school's state championship football team in 1986.... At Jefferson High School, when not playing football, Drymon was sketching comic books."
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  60. ^ Hague, Jim. "Falcons end grid season on high note with win over Lodi", Aim Jefferson, November 19, 2010. Accessed March 29, 2012. "Freshman quarterback J.R. Reese finished with a flair. Reese completed all six of his passes Friday night for 75 yards and two touchdowns. The son of Giants general manager Jerry Reese has a very bright future with the Falcons and still has three years to fine tune his signal calling skills."

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