The community was originally incorporated as the borough of Riverside by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on June 30, 1894, from portions of Midland Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day. On December 1, 1930, the borough's name was changed to River Edge. The borough was formed during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone.
There were 4,134 households, of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.8% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the borough, 26.0% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.4 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $97,816 (with a margin of error of +/- $7,136) and the median family income was $109,335 (+/- $12,278). Males had a median income of $71,219 (+/- $6,936) versus $63,305 (+/- $12,071) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $38,772 (+/- $2,392). About 3.0% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.
There were 4,165 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.4% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the borough the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $71,792, and the median income for a family was $80,422. Males had a median income of $62,044 versus $41,085 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $33,188. About 2.5% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.
River Edge is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by River Edge, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
As of 2015[update], the Mayor of the Borough of River Edge is Democrat Sandy Moscaritolo, whose term of office ends December 31, 2015. The members of the Borough Council are Council President Thomas R. Papaleo (D, 2017), Vito Acquafredda (D, 2015), Ellen Busteed (D, 2016), Anthony Cappola (R, 2015), Edward Mignone (R, 2016) and Kathleen M. Murphy (D, 2017).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 6,776 registered voters in River Edge, of which 1,961 (28.9% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,329 (19.6% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 3,485 (51.4% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 1 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 59.8% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 80.7% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 2,723 votes here (53.0% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 2,337 votes (45.5% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 58 votes (1.1% vs. 0.9%), among the 5,134 ballots cast by the borough's 7,065 registered voters, for a turnout of 72.7% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 2,965 votes here (52.6% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 2,577 votes (45.7% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 45 votes (0.8% vs. 0.8%), among the 5,633 ballots cast by the borough's 7,100 registered voters, for a turnout of 79.3% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 2,821 votes here (49.8% vs. 51.7% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 2,790 votes (49.3% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 31 votes (0.5% vs. 0.7%), among the 5,661 ballots cast by the borough's 6,988 registered voters, for a turnout of 81.0% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 58.3% of the vote (2,007 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 40.7% (1,400 votes), and other candidates with 1.0% (35 votes), among the 3,522 ballots cast by the borough's 6,801 registered voters (80 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 51.8%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 1,714 votes here (46.2% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 1,702 votes (45.9% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 230 votes (6.2% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 11 votes (0.3% vs. 0.5%), among the 3,707 ballots cast by the borough's 6,921 registered voters, yielding a 53.6% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
River Edge has two primary schools as part of the River Edge Elementary School District, both of which served students in Kindergarten through sixth grade until a Kindergarten facility annexed onto Cherry Hill, the New Bridge Center, was opened in 2007 and the elementary schools became 1-6 schools. River Edge has two primary schools as part of the district, both of which serve students in first through sixth grade. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are New Bridge Center (PreK - K; not listed), Cherry Hill School (grades 1-6; 710 students) and Roosevelt School (1-6; 526 students).
St. Peter Academy is a K-8 Catholic school that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. The Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, which served 1,040 students in nursery through eighth grade as of the start of the September 2013 school year, was founded as the Yeshiva of Hudson County, and was re-established in Bergen County in 1979.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 33.73 miles (54.28 km) of roadways, of which 29.50 miles (47.48 km) were maintained by the municipality, 3.85 miles (6.20 km) by Bergen County and 0.38 miles (0.61 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
New Bridge Landing, the site of The Bridge That Saved A Nation crossed by the Continental Army and General Washington as they retreated from the British attack on New York City on November 20, 1776.
Steuben House was used by George Washington as his headquarters for 16 days in September 1780.
Demarest House is a historic house near the Van Steuben and Campbell Christie house. It is known for its stove chimney which was a technological advance at the time it was built in 1794. It was originally in New Milford, but then moved to River Edge. It was renovated in 2009 and is open to the public as a museum.
^Harvey, Cornelius Burnham. Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey, p. 11, New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Company, 1900. Accessed September 1, 2013. "For a period of sixteen years following the passage of this act few boroughs were organized in the State, only three of them being in Bergen County.... As it was twenty-six boroughs were in the county from January 23, 1894, to December 18, of the same year."
^Burrow, Megan. "River Edge Democrats sweep municipal election". Town News, November 8, 2011. Accessed January 26, 2012. "River Edge voters elected Democratic Councilman Sandy Moscaritolo as mayor on Election Night, Nov. 8. Moscaritolo defeated incumbent Margaret Falahee Watkins with a vote of 1,583 to 1,511. Moscaritolo's Democratic running mates, newcomers Kathleen Murphy and Tom Papaleo won the two open council seats, defeating Republicans Anthony P. Cappola and Della Joyce Carroll, who were also seeking their first term in office."
^Staff. "Dr. Robert O. Becker", Watertown Daily Times, May 29, 2008. Accessed December 15, 2013. "Born May 31, 1923, in River Edge, N.J., son of Elizabeth Blanck and the Rev. Otto Julius Becker, he received a bachelor's degree in 1946 from Gettysburg (Penn.) College and his medical degree in 1948 from New York University School of Medicine, New York City."
^Staff. "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Claudia Bertolino, Victor Harper", The New York Times, September 28, 2003. Accessed February 21, 2012. "Claudia Maria Francesca Bertolino, the daughter of Constance and Ercole Mario Bertolino of River Edge, N.J., was married yesterday to Victor Ray Harper, the son of Sandra and Michael Harper of Dana Point, Calif.... Her father is a retired opera singer, most recently in the company of Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Italy."
^"A Century Ago", Bergen County Historical Society. Accessed October 9, 2008. "Walter Christie, the record-breaking automobilist, of River Edge, was nearly killed at Pittsburg on September 9, 1907, when running his machine at the rate of 70 miles per hour."
^Reardon, Patricia; and Collina, Helen Lippman. "BICYCLISTS HEADING FOR THE OPEN ROAD", The New York Times, April 26, 1987. Accessed July 18, 2013. "SINCE 1965, says Freddie Hoffman of River Edge, he has bicycled more than 600,000 miles, or 'more than enough to go to the moon, orbit twice and come back.'"
^Rabinowitz, Nancy. "At 93, harpist still is treasured teacher, mentor", South Coast Today, October 22, 2000. Accessed October 9, 2008. "Even if that means hopping a bus near her home in River Edge, N.J., and making the four-hour, 200-mile trip to her students at Boston University, where she has been on the faculty of the School for the Arts for the past 36 years."
^Demarrais, Kevin G. "STARTING OVER; Leaving the spotlight (or jumping into it) is tough, but these people are satisfied with their new vocations.", The Record (Bergen County), April 29, 2007.
^Skevin, Tom. "A Nets fan reminisces", The Record (Bergen County), January 27, 2004. "I go back to when Billy Paultz of River Edge was a rookie. I was surprised in the 1970-71 season when I saw that the 6-foot-11 Whopper didn't even jump center - the much shorter Sonny Dove did."