Middletown Township, New Jersey

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Middletown Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Middletown
Official seal of Middletown Township, New Jersey
Seal
Motto: The Biggest Small Town in New Jersey
Map of Middletown Township in Monmouth County. Inset (left): Monmouth County highlighted within New Jersey.
Map of Middletown Township in Monmouth County. Inset (left): Monmouth County highlighted within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Middletown Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Middletown Township, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°24′26″N 74°04′16″W / 40.407306°N 74.071121°W / 40.407306; -74.071121Coordinates: 40°24′26″N 74°04′16″W / 40.407306°N 74.071121°W / 40.407306; -74.071121[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Monmouth
Formed October 31, 1693
Incorporated February 21, 1798
Government[7]
 • Type Special Charter
 • Mayor Stephanie C. Murray (term ends December 31, 2014)[3][4]
 • Administrator Anthony P. Mercantante[5]
 • Clerk Heidi R. Brunt[6]
Area[2]
 • Total 58.735 sq mi (152.122 km2)
 • Land 40.989 sq mi (106.160 km2)
 • Water 17.746 sq mi (45.962 km2)  30.21%
Area rank 23rd of 566 in state
2nd of 53 in county[2]
Elevation[8] 98 ft (30 m)
Population (2010 Census)[9][10][11]
 • Total 66,522
 • Estimate (2012[12]) 66,325
 • Rank 16th of 566 in state
1st of 53 in county[13]
 • Density 1,622.9/sq mi (626.6/km2)
 • Density rank 321st of 566 in state
40th of 53 in county[13]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP codes[14] 07748 - Middletown[15]
07701 - Red Bank[16]
07716 - Atlantic Highlands[17]
07718 - Belford[18]
07732 - Highlands[19]
07733 - Highlands[20]
07737 - Leonardo[21]
07738 - Lincroft[22]
07752 - Navesink[23]
07758 - Port Monmouth[24]
07760 - Locust[25]
Area code(s) 732/848 and 908[26]
FIPS code 3402545990[27][2][28]
GNIS feature ID 0882604[29][2]
Website www.middletownnj.org

Middletown Township is a township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a total population of 66,522,[9][10][11] making it the state's 16th largest municipality, having seen an increase of 195 residents (0.3%) from its population of 66,327 in the 2000 Census, when it was the state's 17th most populous municipality,[30] which had in turn declined by 1,856 (-2.7%) from the 68,183 counted in the 1990 Census.[31] Middletown is one of the oldest sites of European settlement in New Jersey.[32]

Middletown Township was originally formed on October 31, 1693, and was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Portions of the township were taken to form Atlantic Township (February 8, 1847, now Colts Neck Township), Raritan Township (February 25, 1848, now Hazlet Township), Atlantic Highlands (February 28, 1887), Highlands (March 22, 1900) and Keansburg (March 22, 1917).[33]

In 2006, 2008, and 2010, Middletown was voted in the Top 100 in CNNMoney.com's Best Places to Live.[34][35][36]

History[edit]

Small communities of the Lenape Navesink tribe were common throughout the area when the first known European landing in what would become Middletown Township occurred in 1609. Sea captain and explorer Henry Hudson, in search of the mythical Northwest Passage in the service of the Dutch West India Company, anchored along the shores of Sandy Hook Bay in 1609, describing the area "a very good land to fall in with and a pleasant land to see."[37] While a patroonship was granted by the company in 1651 the land wasn't officially settled. Today's Shoal Harbor Museum and Old Spy House includes portions of a house constructed by Thomas Whitlock, one of the area's first European settlers, who arrived after the English conquest of New Netherland in 1665 as part of the Second Anglo-Dutch War.[37] Long-standing tradition had Penelope Stout, one of the first settlers, hiding in a tree from hostile Native Americans.[38]

Shortly after the Dutch surrender of the New Netherland to the English in 1664 a large tract of land known as the Navesink Patent or Monmouth Tract was granted to Quaker settlers from Long Island, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, which soon thereafter became the townships of Middletown and Shrewsbury.[39]

During the American Revolutionary War, Middletown and much of the rest of Eastern Monmouth County was held by the British. After the Battle of Monmouth, the British retreat from Freehold Township, New Jersey carried them down King's Highway in Middletown to their embarkation points at Sandy Hook in the bay, heading back to New York City.[37][40]

Upon the completion of a railroad junction in 1875, the town grew more rapidly, eventually changing from a group of small and loosely connected fishing and agricultural villages into a fast-growing suburb at the turn of the 20th century. If Middletown ever had a recognizable town center or town square, it was lost in that rapid growth soon after World War II.

In May 1958, several Nike Ajax missiles exploded at Battery NY-53 in Chapel Hill, killing ten Army and civilian personnel. The accident was one of the worst missile-related disasters of the Cold War.[41][42]

The Waterfront site of Naval Weapons Station Earle is located in Leonardo on Sandy Hook Bay, and is used to load ammunition onto ships on a finger pier that stretches for 2.9 miles (4.7 km), making it the world's second-longest such pier.[43]

The "Evil Clown of Middletown" is a towering sign along Route 35 painted to resemble a circus clown, that currently advertises a liquor store. The sign is a remnant of an old supermarket that used to be at that location called "Food Circus". The clown and recent successful attempts from residents to save it from demolition have been featured in the pages of Weird NJ magazine, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and in the Kevin Smith-directed film Clerks II.[44]

The Indian Trails 15K road race is held each year in April to benefit the Monmouth Conservation Foundation and includes a 5K walk/run event for fun. The race, run on a combination on paved and dirt roads, includes many relatively steep hills and has been described as "the most challenging race in the state".[45]

Geography and geology[edit]

Middletown Township is located at 40°24′26″N 74°04′16″W / 40.407306°N 74.071121°W / 40.407306; -74.071121 (40.407306, −74.071121). According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 58.735 square miles (152.122 km2), of which, 40.989 square miles (106.160 km2) of it is land and 17.746 square miles (45.962 km2) of it (30.21%) is water.[1][2]

Belford (2010 Census population of 1,768),[46] Fairview (3,806),[47] Leonardo (2,757),[48] Lincroft (6,135),[49] Navesink (2,020),[50] North Middletown (3,295)[51] and Port Monmouth (3,818)[52] are all census-designated places and unincorporated areas located within Middletown Township.[53][54][55]

Other unincorporated areas that are part of the township are Locust, New Monmouth and Sandy Hook. The Sandy Hook peninsula is not connected to the rest of the township by land. However, one could sail along Raritan Bay from the mainland to Sandy Hook and remain within Middletown Township.[37][56]

Poricy Creek (Poricy Park, Oak Hill Road) is locally well known for its deposits of Cretaceous marine fossils, including belemnites.[57]

Climate data for Middletown Township, NJ
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 38
(3)
41
(5)
48
(9)
59
(15)
69
(21)
79
(26)
83
(28)
83
(28)
77
(25)
65
(18)
54
(12)
44
(7)
61.7
(16.4)
Average low °F (°C) 27
(−3)
27
(−3)
34
(1)
42
(6)
52
(11)
62
(17)
68
(20)
68
(20)
61
(16)
50
(10)
41
(5)
32
(0)
47
(8.3)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.50
(88.9)
2.98
(75.7)
3.90
(99.1)
3.85
(97.8)
4.02
(102.1)
4.40
(111.8)
4.91
(124.7)
4.19
(106.4)
3.84
(97.5)
4.00
(101.6)
3.46
(87.9)
3.70
(94)
46.75
(1,187.5)
Source: [58]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 3,225
1810 3,849
1820 4,369 13.5%
1830 5,128 17.4%
1840 6,063 18.2%
1850 3,251 * −46.4%
1860 4,112 26.5%
1870 4,639 12.8%
1880 5,059 9.1%
1890 5,650 * 11.7%
1900 5,479 * −3.0%
1910 6,653 21.4%
1920 5,917 * −11.1%
1930 9,209 55.6%
1940 11,018 19.6%
1950 16,203 47.1%
1960 39,675 144.9%
1970 54,623 37.7%
1980 62,574 14.6%
1990 68,183 9.0%
2000 66,327 −2.7%
2010 66,522 0.3%
Est. 2012 66,325 [12] −0.3%
Population sources:
1800-1920[59] 1840[60]
1850[61] 1870[62] 1880-1890[63]
1890-1910[64][65] 1910-1930[66]
1930-1990[67] 2000[68][69] 2010[9][10][11][30]
* = Lost territory in previous decade[33]

2010 Census[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 66,522 people, 23,962 households, and 18,235 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,622.9 per square mile (626.6 /km2). There were 24,959 housing units at an average density of 608.9 per square mile (235.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 93.89% (62,456) White, 1.31% (869) Black or African American, 0.10% (67) Native American, 2.60% (1,730) Asian, 0.01% (8) Pacific Islander, 0.81% (537) from other races, and 1.29% (855) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 5.37% (3,569) of the population.[9]

There were 23,962 households, of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.5% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 20.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.22.[9]

In the township, 24.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 31.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.5 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males.[9]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $96,190 (with a margin of error of +/- $2,818) and the median family income was $110,944 (+/- $3,794). Males had a median income of $78,739 (+/- $3,585) versus $52,752 (+/- $2,573) for females. The per capita income for the township was $42,792 (+/- $1,706). About 1.7% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.[70]

2000 Census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 66,327 people, 23,236 households, and 18,100 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,613.0 people per square mile (622.8/km²). There were 23,841 housing units at an average density of 579.8 per square mile (223.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 94.71% White, 1.21% African American, 0.07% Native American, 2.59% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.41% of the population.[68][69]

There were 23,236 households out of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.3% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.1% were non-families. 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.27.[68][69]

In the township the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.[68][69]

The median income for a household in the township was $75,566, and the median income for a family was $86,124. Males had a median income of $60,755 versus $36,229 for females. The per capita income for the township was $34,196. About 1.9% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 105 or over.[68][69]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

The Township Committee operates under a special charter approved on June 23, 1971, by the New Jersey Legislature. Middletown Township is governed by a five-member Township Committee, who are elected at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization meeting, the Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor, each for a one-year term. The Township Committee establishes municipal policies and programs and appropriates funds.[7]

As of 2014, members of the Middletown Township Committee are Mayor Stephanie C. Murray (R, term on committee and as mayor ends December 31, 2014), Deputy Mayor Kevin M. Settembrino (R, term on committee ends 2016; term as deputy mayor ends 2014), Anthony P. Fiore (R, 2014), Stephen G. Massell (R, 2015) and Gerard P. Scharfenberger (R, 2016).[3][71][72][73]

Federal, state, and county representation[edit]

Middletown Township is split between the 4th and 6th Congressional Districts[74] and is part of New Jersey's 13th state legislative district.[10][75][76] Prior to the 2010 Census, Middletown Township had been split between the 6th Congressional District and the 12th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.[77] The split that took effect in 2013 placed 30,866 residents living in the township's southeast in the 4th District, while 35,656 residents in the northern and eastern portions of the township were placed in the 6th District.[74][78]

New Jersey's Fourth Congressional District is represented by Christopher Smith (R).[79] New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District is represented by Frank Pallone (D, Long Branch).[80] 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)[81][82] and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus).[83][84]

For the 2014-2015 Session, the 13th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Joseph M. Kyrillos (R, Middletown Township) and in the General Assembly by Amy Handlin (R, Middletown Township) and Declan O'Scanlon (R, Little Silver).[85] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[86] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[87]

Monmouth County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members who are elected at-large to serve three year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects one of its members to serve as Director and another as Deputy Director.[88] As of 2014, Monmouth County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry (R, Colts Neck Township; term ends December 31, 2014),[89] Freeholder Deputy Director Gary J. Rich, Sr. (R, Spring Lake; 2014),[90] Thomas A. Arnone (R, Neptune City; 2016),[91] John P. Curley (R, Middletown Township; 2015)[92] and Serena DiMaso (R, Holmdel Township; 2016).[93][94] Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk M. Claire French (Wall Township),[95] Sheriff Shaun Golden (Farmingdale)[96] and Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters (Middletown Township).[97]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 46,628 registered voters in Middletown Township, of which 10,222 (21.9%) were registered as Democrats, 11,674 (25.0%) were registered as Republicans and 24,701 (53.0%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 31 voters registered to other parties.[98]

In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 56.9% of the vote here (20,997 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 40.8% (15,058 votes) and other candidates with 1.1% (404 votes), among the 36,887 ballots cast by the township's 48,174 registered voters, for a turnout of 76.6%.[99] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 60.2% of the vote here (21,317 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 38.6% (13,651 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (301 votes), among the 35,403 ballots cast by the township's 46,022 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 76.9.[100]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 67.3% of the vote here (16,351 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 25.8% (6,265 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 5.7% (1,382 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (188 votes), among the 24,298 ballots cast by the township's 47,422 registered voters, yielding a 51.2% turnout.[101]

Emergency services[edit]

Middletown has some of the largest emergency service departments in the area. The police and fire departments celebrated a joint 75th Anniversary in 2003.[102]

Police[edit]

The Middletown Township Police Department is one of the largest police forces in Monmouth County, with approximately 105 sworn officers.[103] The Middletown Township Police Department was formed on May 15, 1928 with the hiring of its first full-time police officer, Earl N. Hoyer. His appointment read Patrolman / Chief of Police, at an annual salary of $125.00.[104]

The Rude Awakening Program educates the youth and their parents about alcohol abuse and its position as a gateway drug to further and harsher drugs and substance abuse. The program is specifically designed to educate the student in the life altering ramifications of drinking and driving.[105] The program is mainly backed by the police department and has later encompassed EMS and fire into the program for vehicle extrication demonstrations.

Fire department[edit]

The Middletown Township Fire Department (referred to as MTFD, Monmouth County agency prefix 31 and 71) consists of 11 fire companies plus additional specialized units spread throughout the town and is composed of 500 volunteers.[106][107] It is commonly stated that the Middletown Township Fire Department is "The World's Largest All Volunteer Fire Department".[108]

History[edit]

The companies, in order of creation, are as follows:

  • Navesink Hook and Ladder Fire Company No. 1 on May 1, 1886[109][110]
  • Brevent Park & Leonardo Fire Company on October 16, 1903
  • Belford Chemical Engine Company No. 1 on August 14, 1916[111]
  • Community Fire Company of Leonardo on September 9, 1922[112]
  • East Keansburg Fire Company No. 1 in 1922
  • Port Monmouth Fire Company No. 1 in November 1922
  • Belford Independent Fire Company in 1923
  • Middletown Fire Company No. 1 in April 1924
  • River Plaza Hose Company No. 1 on December 8, 1927

For a time these companies acted separately until August 28, 1928, when all the individual companies were brought together to form the current fire department. Since then, two more companies have been formed:

  • Lincroft Fire Company in May 1932
  • Old Village Fire Company on September 7, 1955

Later, the individual companies took on station numbers with regard to their creation date. Navesink becoming Station #1 and Old Village becoming Station #11.

Specialized units[edit]

There are other special units besides the main fire companies. The MTFD has its own Fire Police Unit, Air Unit, and Special Services Unit (SSU).

  • MTFD Fire Police controls fire scenes and ensures that civilians are kept away
  • The Air Unit provides service for firefighter SCBA equipment and also has a mobile air compressor truck to refill air bottles at the scene of a fire. This truck responds outside of Middletown to neighboring towns as requested.
  • MTFD Special Services Emergency Response Team provides Level A Hazardous Material Emergency Response, Technical and Mass Decontamination, Structural Collapse Rescue, Emergency Shoring, High & Low Angle Rope Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Trench Rescue and Various other Technical Rescue Capabilities to Township of Middletown as well as neighboring towns as requested or under contract by certain towns.
  • The Brevent Park and Leonardo Fire Company is the owner of a Marine Fire Boat that can be requested throughout the Bayshore community for scenes on the water involving Fire and Water Rescue

Fire academy[edit]

The Middletown Township Fire Academy was established in 1974 to provide basic firefighter training to the township's volunteers. A tract of land was donated off of Normandy Road for the cause and the volunteer firefighters built its beginnings themselves. Classes began in trailers until a suitable classroom building was constructed. A small wooden multi-floor building sitting on buried telephone poles was the earliest training structure. Later a proper "smokehouse" made of cinder block served firefighters until 2007 when it was closed. The classroom building and smokehouse are featured in the academy's logo.

A four-story corrugated steel "ladder tower" building was constructed as the academy's high rise prop. There are internal and external stairways with a standpipe and sprinkler system throughout, only fed with water by an engine during training. It also features trapdoors creating an internal column for rope rescue training. For a period of time there was a SCBA maze located in a lower room of the building until it was converted into a live burn room after the smokehouse was closed. Vehicle extrication as well as car and fuel fires are fought on the "burn pad" which is an open concrete area next to the smokehouse. Donated vehicles are brought in from various sources. Typically they are used first for extrication by a first aid or fire company and then later get burned for car fire training by another. Fuels fires are contained in drums or tanks that have been cut open.

A confined space prop was located next to the main parking lot which was a large pipe with access ways buried under dirt. Trench rescue simulations were also held near this prop. One of the more recent additions to the academy is the flashover chamber. A peaked roof prop sits in the middle of the academy which utilizes replaceable 4x8 plywood sheets for firefighters to practice cutting roofs. There was at one time a flat roof prop as well.

The Fire Academy's motto is "Training the Best, for the Worst". Firefighter I (aka "basic") classes are held in the spring and fall. Topics and graduation requirements surpass that of Monmouth County Fire Academy. Other courses from firefighting to Incident Command and more are offered by the academy. Other agencies also sponsor courses that use the facilities.

Aside from the Middletown Township fire companies and first aid squads, outside departments such as those from Jersey City, Bayonne, Fort Monmouth, and others have come to Middletown Township for training at the academy. The classrooms are also used by the Board of Education and for police training. The township's shooting range is located on the same property adjacent to the fire academy.

EMS[edit]

There are five squads that make up Middletown Township Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and provide Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances to the township. They are:

They are all volunteer as well.[113] All except Port Monmouth have EMS rescue trucks with equipment to handle vehicle extrications and rope rescue. These squads also have boats and dive teams to perform rescue and recovery operations involving water which have been called out of town to assist with large area searches. Port Monmouth provides a bariatric unit, a converted ambulance, for severely overweight patients. It has been requested outside of Middletown Township as a back-up for MONOC's unit.

Advanced Life Support (ALS) or paramedics for the township and surrounding towns are provided by MONOC. The two primary paramedic units for Middletown Township are Medic 206 located at MTFD Station 8 (Middletown Fire Company No. 1) covering a majority of the town and Medic 201 located at South Aberdeen First Aid Squad in Aberdeen covering the Northwestern end of town. Other medic units from farther distances are dispatched when these are not available.

Education[edit]

The Middletown Township Public School District serves students in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade and consists of seventeen public schools. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics)[114] are twelve elementary schools — Bayview Elementary School[115] (K-5; 407 students), Fairview Elementary School[116] (K-5; 328), Harmony Elementary School[117] (PreK-5; 479), Leonardo Elementary School[118] (K-5; 252), Lincroft Elementary School[119] (K-5; 509), Middletown Village Elementary School[120] (K-5; 462), Navesink Elementary School[121] (K-5; 285), New Monmouth Elementary School[122] (PreK-5; 486), Nut Swamp Elementary School[123] (K-5; 549), Ocean Avenue Elementary School[124] (K-5; 295), Port Monmouth Elementary School[125] (K-5; 263) and River Plaza Elementary School[126] (K-5; 313) — three grade 6-8 middle schools — Bayshore Middle School[127] (698), Thompson Middle School[128] (952) and Thorne Middle School[129] (757) — and two high schools for grades 9-12, Middletown High School North[130] (1,605) and Middletown High School South[131] (1,443).[132] Four elementary schools feed into each of the three middle schools.

Middletown also hosts two public magnet schools, High Technology High School, on the property of Brookdale Community College, located in the Lincroft section of town, and the Marine Academy of Science and Technology located on Sandy Hook, which are part of the Monmouth County Vocational School District.[133]

Middletown Township is home to two private high schools. Christian Brothers Academy is an all-boys College preparatory school with a focus on Christian education run by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, located in Lincroft. Mater Dei High School is a four-year Catholic coeducational high school located in the New Monmouth section and operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.[134]

There are also three private grammar schools, Saint Mary[135] in New Monmouth and Saint Leo the Great School[136] in Lincroft (both of which are part of the [[Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton]),][137] as well as Oak Hill Academy in Lincroft.

Transportation[edit]

Major roadways[edit]

Exits 109 and 114 of the Garden State Parkway are located in Middletown Township. Three toll gates on the Parkway are located in Middletown. Two of them are at Exit 109 (northbound entry, southbound exit), and two at Exit 114 (northbound entry, with the southbound toll exit in Holmdel). Routes 35 and 36 pass through Middletown.

CR 516 travels through the northern part of the township and its eastern end is at Route 36 near Leonardo. County Route 520 passes through the southern portion of Middletown. Route 520 leads to Sea Bright to the east and eventually turns into CR 612 to the west, which connects to the New Jersey Turnpike at Exit 8A in Monroe Township.

Public transportation[edit]

New Jersey Transit's North Jersey Coast Line, which runs from New York City's Pennsylvania Station to Bay Head, New Jersey, provides service at the Middletown rail station. New Jersey Transit is a major commuter rail system, with track-sharing agreements with Amtrak, Metro-North Railroad, Norfolk Southern, CSX Transportation, and Conrail Shared Assets. NJ Transit also offers bus service, which stops many places throughout Middletown.

New Jersey Transit offers local bus service on the 817, 833 and 834 routes.[138]

Notable people[edit]

Notable current and former residents of Middletown Township include:

References[edit]

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