Jefferson Township, New Jersey
|Jefferson Township, New Jersey|
|Township of Jefferson|
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: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||February 11, 1804|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)|
|• Mayor||Russell W. Felter (term ends December 31, 2013)|
|• Administration||James M. Leach|
|• Clerk||Lori Harvin|
|• Total||43.108 sq mi (111.651 km2)|
|• Land||39.132 sq mi (101.353 km2)|
|• Water||3.976 sq mi (10.298 km2) 9.22%|
|Area rank||47th of 566 in state
3rd of 39 in county
|Elevation||1,142 ft (348 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2012)||21,467|
|• Rank||122nd of 566 in state
8th of 39 in county
|• Density||544.7/sq mi (210.3/km2)|
|• Density rank||439th of 566 in state
34th of 39 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|ZIP code||07435 - Newfoundland
07438 - Oak Ridge
07849 - Lake Hopatcong
07885 - Wharton
|GNIS feature ID||0882210|
Jefferson Township is the northernmost township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 21,314, 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.
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. The township was named after Thomas Jefferson, the President of the United States at the time the Township was created.
Jefferson Township is located at 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.(41.002672,-74.559507). According to the
The township can be divided into two halves, Milton and Lake Hopatcong. 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.
A few major roads pass through Jefferson. Green Pond 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.
1900-1990 2000 2010
At 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 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) Black or 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. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 6.48% (1,382) of the population.
There were 7,830 households 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.
In the township, 24.6% of the population were 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. 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.
As of the 2000 United States Census 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As of 2012[update], the Mayor of Jefferson Township is Russell Felter (R, term of office runs to December 31, 2014). Members of the Jefferson Township Council are Council President Richard Yocum (term ends December 31, 2012), Council Vice-President Debi Merz (R, 2014), Robert Birmingham (R, 2012), Jay Dunham (R, 2012) and Michael Sanchelli (R, 2014).
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.
Federal, state and county representation
Jefferson Township is located in the 11th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 26th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Jefferson Township had been in the 25th state legislative district.
New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, Harding Township). 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) and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).
For the 2014-2015 Session, 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 BettyLou DeCroce (R, Parsippany-Troy Hills) and Jay Webber (R, Morris Plains) and  The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
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. As of 2011, Morris County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director William J. Chegwidden (Wharton), Deputy Freeholder Director Douglas R. Cabana (Boonton Township), Gene F. Feyl (Denville), Ann F. Grassi (Parsippany-Troy Hills), Thomas J. Mastrangelo (Montville), John J. Murphy (Morris Township) and Hank Lyon (Montville Township),
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 13,142 registered voters in Jefferson Township, of which 2,395 (18.2%) were registered as Democrats, 4,347 (33.1%) were registered as Republicans and 6,392 (48.6%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 8 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 57.2% of the vote here (6,040 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 41.0% (4,335 votes) and other candidates with 1.1% (121 votes), among the 10,564 ballots cast by the township's 13,631 registered voters, for a turnout of 77.5%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 61.9% of the vote here (5,946 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 36.9% (3,542 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (97 votes), among the 9,605 ballots cast by the township's 12,847 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 74.8.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 63.4% of the vote here (4,270 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 26.8% (1,809 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 8.5% (572 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (56 votes), among the 6,738 ballots cast by the township's 13,397 registered voters, yielding a 50.3% turnout.
The Jefferson Township Public Schools serve students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Milton School (PreK, 162 students - covers kindergarten as of 2010-11), Robert F. Drummond School (K, 115 students - closed as of 2010-11), 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
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. Up until 2012 there would be a morning parade featuring the town's fire trucks, high school marching band and other local groups march down Weldon Road. Starting in 2013 the parade has been substituted with various activities such as a fishing contest, kids kart race and a road bowling tournament. 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.
Notable current and former residents of Jefferson Township include:
- Derek Drymon (born 1968), former creative director on SpongeBob SquarePants.
- Eric Harm of Titus Andronicus, a punk/indie rock band named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the seven best new bands of 2010.
- Mike Leach (born 1976), former tight end for the Denver Broncos, presently long snapper for the Arizona Cardinals
- Vern Miller of The Remains, a mid-1960s rock group who opened for The Beatles on their final US tour in 1966.
- Jerry Reese (born 1963), current General Manager of the New York Giants.
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- 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!"
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- 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."
- Myers, Ali. "Bloom Idol II now down to top ten", Bloomsburg University Voice, November 12, 2004. Accessed January 20, 2012. "Eric Harm - Hometown: Jefferson, N.J."
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- Luciano, John R. "Jefferson resident honored by Boston Music Hall of Fame", Aim Jefferson, January 21, 2011. Accessed April 11, 2011. "Vern Miller poses in his in-home studio with his artist/teacher wife Sue. The couple lives in a memorabilia-packed home on Lake Shawnee in Jefferson Township."
- 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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