Branchburg, New Jersey

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Branchburg, New Jersey
Township
Township of Branchburg
Official seal of Branchburg, New Jersey
Seal
Map of Branchburg Township in Somerset County. Inset: Location of Somerset County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Branchburg Township in Somerset County. Inset: Location of Somerset County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Branchburg Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Branchburg Township, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°33′38″N 74°42′53″W / 40.560479°N 74.714754°W / 40.560479; -74.714754Coordinates: 40°33′38″N 74°42′53″W / 40.560479°N 74.714754°W / 40.560479; -74.714754[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Somerset
Incorporated April 5, 1845
Government[6]
 • Type Township
 • Mayor James Leonard (term ends December 31, 2013)[3]
 • Administrator Gregory J. Bonin[4]
 • Clerk Sharon L. Brienza[5]
Area[2]
 • Total 20.279 sq mi (52.521 km2)
 • Land 20.044 sq mi (51.912 km2)
 • Water 0.235 sq mi (0.609 km2)  1.16%
Area rank 142nd of 566 in state
7th of 21 in county[2]
Elevation[7] 161 ft (49 m)
Population (2010 Census)[8][9][10]
 • Total 14,459
 • Estimate (2012[11]) 14,531
 • Rank 174th of 566 in state
8th of 21 in county[12]
 • Density 721.4/sq mi (278.5/km2)
 • Density rank 412th of 566 in state
14th of 21 in county[12]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08853 - Neshanic Station
08876 - Somerville[13]
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 3403507180[14][2][15]
GNIS feature ID 0882175[16]
Website www.branchburg.nj.us

Branchburg is a township in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 14,459,[8][9][10] reflecting a decline of 107 (−0.7%) from the 14,566 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 3,678 (+33.8%) from the 10,888 counted in the 1990 Census.[17]

The area of today's Branchburg has a history antedating the American Revolutionary War. The township was incorporated by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 5, 1845, from portions of Bridgewater Township.[18]

Janet Reitman of Rolling Stone described Branchburg as a "not-quite-rural, not-quite-suburban, decidedly middle-class town".[19]

History[edit]

The land that is now known as Branchburg Township was originally inhabited by the Raritans, a tribe of the Lenni Lenape Native Americans. By 1686 most of the land was purchased from the Lenape by the Lords Proprietors of East Jersey, who sold the land in small parcels to numerous settlers, mostly of Dutch or English extraction.[20] With the 1688 redrawing of the boundary between East and West Jersey, the Branchburg region was split between Essex County to the north and the newly formed Somerset County to the south. With Somerset's acquisition of territory from Essex and Middlesex Counties in 1741, Branchburg lay entirely within Somerset County.[21]

Bridgewater Township was chartered in 1749. The residents of the part of Bridgewater west of the Raritan River petitioned the New Jersey Legislature for incorporation as a separate township, which was granted by an act dated April 5, 1845.[18][22] The first town meeting was held April 14, 1845, in White Oak Tavern, a stagecoach stop and local meeting place along the Old York Road.[22]

Geography[edit]

Branchburg Township is located at 40°33′38″N 74°42′53″W / 40.560479°N 74.714754°W / 40.560479; -74.714754 (40.560479,-74.714754). According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 20.279 square miles (52.521 km2), of which, 20.044 square miles (51.912 km2) of it is land and 0.235 square miles (0.609 km2) of it (1.16%) is water.[2][1]

The township is 11 miles (18 km) long and approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) across at its widest point. The hamlets of Fox Hollow, Neshanic Station (ZIP code 08853) and North Branch (08876) are included within the township.[23]

The township is bordered on the west by Hunterdon County; on the north by Bedminster Township and on the south by Bridgewater Township and Hillsborough Township. The main watercourses are the Lamington River on the north, the North Branch of the Raritan River on the east and the South Branch of the Raritan River on the east and south. These rivers along with small streams and brooks are excellent for fishermen who enjoy trout stocked streams and rivers. Branchburg is in the Raritan Valley, a line of cities in Central New Jersey. Branchburg lies in the western division of Raritan Valley along with Bridgewater and Raritan.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,143
1860 1,174 2.7%
1870 1,251 6.6%
1880 1,316 5.2%
1890 1,152 −12.5%
1900 1,012 −12.2%
1910 970 −4.2%
1920 931 −4.0%
1930 1,084 16.4%
1940 1,231 13.6%
1950 1,958 59.1%
1960 3,741 91.1%
1970 5,742 53.5%
1980 7,846 36.6%
1990 10,888 38.8%
2000 14,566 33.8%
2010 14,459 −0.7%
Est. 2012 14,531 [11] 0.5%
Population sources:
1850-1920[24] 1850-1870[25]
1850[26] 1870[27] 1880-1890[28]
1890-1910[29] 1910-1930[30]
1930-1990[31] 2000[32][33] 2010[8][9][10]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 14,459 people, 5,271 households, and 4,032 families residing in the township. The population density was 721.4 per square mile (278.5 /km2). There were 5,419 housing units at an average density of 270.4 per square mile (104.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 86.80% (12,550) White, 2.25% (326) Black or African American, 0.15% (22) Native American, 8.40% (1,215) Asian, 0.03% (5) Pacific Islander, 0.59% (86) from other races, and 1.76% (255) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.45% (643) of the population.[8]

There were 5,271 households of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.6% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% 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 3.17.[8]

In the township, 26.1% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 33.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.3 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.[8]

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $119,092 (with a margin of error of +/- $7,934) and the median family income was $136,310 (+/- $12,919). Males had a median income of $97,359 (+/- $7,041) versus $61,192 (+/- $8,826) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $51,387 (+/- $2,945). About 1.5% of families and 1.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.5% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.[34]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[14] there were 14,566 people, 5,272 households, and 4,064 families residing in the township. The population density was 719.1 people per square mile (277.6/km²). There were 5,405 housing units at an average density of 266.8 per square mile (103.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 90.44% White, 1.95% African American, 0.10% Native American, 6.17% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.69% of the population.[32][33]

There were 5,272 households out of which 39.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.6% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.9% were non-families. 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.0% 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 3.19.[32][33]

In the township the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 34.6% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.[32][33]

The median income for a household in the township was $96,864, and the median income for a family was $110,268. Males had a median income of $70,726 versus $47,786 for females. The per capita income for the township was $41,241. About 1.1% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.[32][33]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Branchburg Township operates under the Township form of municipal government. It has been governed by a five-member Township Council since the 1971 elections, when the population surpassed 4,000 in the 1970 United States Census, mandating an expansion from the three-member committee in place until then. Councilmembers are elected at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year. A mayor and deputy mayor are selected from among the council from among its members at an annual reorganization meeting.[6][22][35]

As of 2013, members of the Township Committee are Mayor Jim Leonard (Republican Party, term as mayor and on township committee ends December 31, 2013), Deputy Mayor James Schworn (R, term on committee ends 2014; term as deputy mayor ends 2013), Patricia Bowers (R, 2015), John Sanford (R, 2015) and Thomas Young (R, 2013).[36][37][38][39]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Branchburg Township is located in the 7th Congressional District[40] and is part of New Jersey's 16th state legislative district.[9][41][42]

New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District is represented by Leonard Lance (R, Clinton Township).[43] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark; took office on October 31, 2013, after winning a special election to fill the seat of Frank Lautenberg)[44][45] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[46][47]

For the 2014-2015 Session, the 16th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Christopher Bateman (R, Somerville) and in the General Assembly by Jack Ciattarelli (R, Hillsborough Township) and Donna Simon (R, Readington Township). [48][49] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[50] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[51]

Somerset County is governed by a five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose members are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects a Director and Deputy Director from among its members.[52] As of 2013, Somerset County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer (R, Bernardsville, term ends December 31, 2014),[53] Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione (R, Bridgewater Township, 2015).[54] Mark Caliguire (R, Skillman in Montgomery Township, 2015),[55] Patricia L. Walsh (R, Green Brook Township, 2013),[56] and Robert Zaborowski (R, Somerset in Franklin Township, 2014),[57][58][59] Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Brett A. Radi (R, Somerville, 2017),[60] Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano (R, Raritan, 2013)[61][62] and Surrogate Frank Bruno (R, Branchburg, 2015).[63]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 9,970 registered voters in Branchburg Township, of which 1,832 (18.4% vs. 26.0% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 3,650 (36.6% vs. 25.7%) were registered as Republicans and 4,484 (45.0% vs. 48.2%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 4 voters registered to other parties.[64] Among the township's 2010 Census population, 69.0% (vs. 60.4% in Somerset County) were registered to vote, including 93.2% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 80.4% countywide).[64][65]

In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 4,651 votes here (58.5% vs. 46.1% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 3,172 votes (39.9% vs. 52.1%) and other candidates with 92 votes (1.2% vs. 1.1%), among the 7,956 ballots cast by the township's 9,643 registered voters, for a turnout of 82.5% (vs. 78.7% in Somerset County).[66] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 4,706 votes here (61.6% vs. 51.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 2,835 votes (37.1% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 79 votes (1.0% vs. 0.9%), among the 7,639 ballots cast by the township's 9,087 registered voters, for a turnout of 84.1% (vs. 81.7% in the whole county).[67]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 3,945 votes here (69.1% vs. 55.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 1,266 votes (22.2% vs. 34.1%), Independent Chris Daggett with 445 votes (7.8% vs. 8.7%) and other candidates with 27 votes (0.5% vs. 0.7%), among the 5,706 ballots cast by the township's 9,777 registered voters, yielding a 58.4% turnout (vs. 52.5% in the county).[68]

Emergency services[edit]

Branchburg Township is served by three major Emergency Services; a full-time Police Department, an all-volunteer Emergency Medical & Rescue Services Squad, and four all-volunteer Fire Departments.

Police[edit]

The Branchburg Police Department, under the direction of Chief Brian R. Fitzgerald, was started on June 16, 1980. The Department currently has 26 full-time sworn officers, two civilian employees, seven crossing guards, and 13 Emergency Management volunteers. The Department has specialized units of officers who have taken on duties in addition to their patrol or detective work. These include the Detective Bureau, Juvenile Officer, School Resources, Traffic Safety, Community Policing, Services, Bike Patrol, First-Aid, Explorers program and Emergency Management.[69]

A clerk called officers about a suspicious person at the Quick Chek store at 1296 Easton Turnpike in Branchburg on January 26, 2010.[70] Officers arrested Lloyd Woodson, and found in his possession and in his motel room a large weapons cache that included illegal weapons and ammunition, a detailed map of Fort Drum, and a traditional red-and-white Middle Eastern headdress. He was charged on multiple state and federal weapons charges.[71] The three officers who responded to the call received an Exceptional Duty Award for their actions.[72]

EMS and rescue squad[edit]

Emergency Medical Services and Rescue Services are provided throughout the Township by the Branchburg Rescue Squad, which was formed in October 1955 and continues to serve the residents and business on an all-volunteer basis. 2013 officers include President Carol Waechter and Chief Matt Hoffman. The Branchburg volunteers rely solely on donations received from the community. Services provided include Basic Life Support, Emergency Medical Services (BLS/EMS), NFPA Technician Level: Vehicle Extrication, Water Rescue, Confined Space, Rope Rescue, High Angle Rescue NFPA Operations Level: Ice Rescue NFPA Awareness Level: Trench Collapse, Building & Structural Collapse. Operating out of Station 74 Rescue at 113 River Road are three BLS Ambulances, a Heavy Rescue Services Unit, one Rescue Services Unit, one First Responder/Command Unit and two Inflatable Rescue Boats.[73]

Fire departments[edit]

The Township of Branchburg is covered by four volunteer Fire Departments. North Branch Volunteer Fire Company in the north,[74] Readington Volunteer Fire Company to the west,[75] Neshanic Volunteer Fire Department on the south[76] and Country Hills Volunteer Fire Company covering the central portion of the township.[77][78]

Transportation[edit]

Branchburg Township is centrally located with access to major roadways and highways. U.S. Route 202 and U.S. Route 22 travel through the township with easy passage to Interstate 78, Interstate 287 and Route 206, enabling residents to travel to New York City and Philadelphia within one hour.

Bus service between New York City and Allentown, Pennsylvania on the Transport of New Jersey bus line is available on a daily basis. New Jersey Transit offers bus service to and from Newark on the 65 line with local service on the 884 route.[79]

Service between Clinton, New Jersey and New York City, at the NJ Transit North Branch station (located on Station Road) offers limited daily service and no weekend trains. The Raritan Valley Line has weekly service from North Branch Station to Newark Penn Station, where connections can be made to Pennsylvania Station in Midtown Manhattan.

There is also bus service between New Hope, Pennsylvania and New York City, with a stop at the Municipal Park-and-Ride facility on Route 202 North on a daily basis.

Newark Liberty International Airport is located approximately 35 miles (56 km) northeast of Branchburg. Also within driving distance are Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE, formerly Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton International Airport) near Allentown, Pennsylvania, John F. Kennedy International Airport and La Guardia Airport in New York, as well as the Trenton-Mercer Airport near Trenton and Princeton in Mercer County.

Education[edit]

The Branchburg Township School District serves public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade, Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[80]) are: Whiton Elementary School[81] (595 students; in grades PreK-2), Stony Brook School[82] (265; 3–5) Branchburg Central Middle School[83] (642; 6–8).[84]

The public secondary school serving Branchburg for ninth through twelfth gradea is Somerville High School, which students attend as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Somerville Public Schools.[85][86]

Midland School is a non-profit special education school serving the individual social, emotional, academic and career needs of children with developmental disabilities. The school serves 245 students, ranging in age from 5 to 21 years old, from central and northern New Jersey.[18]

Branchburg Township is the home of the main campus of Raritan Valley Community College.[87]

Points of interest[edit]

Branchburg Township is the home to the 31 Tannery Project which serves as the corporate headquarters for Ferreira Construction, the Ferreira Group, and Noveda Technologies. The 42,000-square-foot (3,900 m2) office and shop building was constructed in 2006 and is the 1st building in the state of New Jersey to meet New Jersey's Executive Order 54. The building is also the first Net Zero electric commercial building in the United States.[88]

The Little Red Schoolhouse, located on South Branch Road, is a one-room schoolhouse that was built in 1873.[89] "This school house is noteworthy for being the last one-room school house in use in Somerset County."[90] Its purpose was to educate children in grades 1–8 from Branchburg and Hillsborough townships. It was closed down in 1965. In 2007 the schoolhouse was renovated to add the bell tower back onto the top of the building. The Little Red Schoolhouse is now owned by the township of Branchburg. Notable students at the Little Red Schoolhouse include opera star and Edison protégé, Anna Case and Marion Van Fleet, the mother of actor Lee Van Cleef.[91]

Notable residents[edit]

Notable current and former residents of Branchburg include:

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