Oceanport, New Jersey
|Oceanport, New Jersey|
|— Borough —|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||May 11, 1920|
|• Mayor||Michael Mahon (term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Clerk||Kimberly A. Jungfer|
|• Total||3.798 sq mi (9.838 km2)|
|• Land||3.180 sq mi (8.237 km2)|
|• Water||0.618 sq mi (1.600 km2) 16.27%|
|Area rank||305th of 566 in state
21st of 53 in county
|Elevation||20 ft (6 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Rank||353rd of 566 in state
30th of 53 in county
|• Density||1,833.7/sq mi (708.0/km2)|
|• Density rank||303rd of 566 in state
37th of 53 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||732/848 Exchanges (732): 222,229,542,544,571.|
|GNIS feature ID||0885334|
Oceanport is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 5,832, reflecting an increase of 25 (+0.4%) from the 5,807 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 339 (-5.5%) from the 6,146 counted in the 1990 Census.
Oceanport was formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 6, 1920, from portions of Eatontown Township (now Eatontown), based on the results of a referendum held on May 11, 1920.
Oceanport is located at United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 3.798 square miles (9.838 km2), of which, 3.180 square miles (8.237 km2) of it is land and 0.618 square miles (1.600 km2) of it (16.27%) is water.(40.316012,-74.020479). According to the
The borough borders Little Silver to the northwest, Long Branch to the east, Eatontown to the southwest, and West Long Branch to the southeast. It also shares a water border to the northeast with Monmouth Beach and forms a peninsula, jutting into the Shrewsbury River.
1930-1990 2000 2010
Census 2010 
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,832 people, 2,227 households, and 1,597 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,833.7 inhabitants per square mile (708.0 /km2). There were 2,390 housing units at an average density of 751.5 per square mile (290.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.36% (5,445) White, 3.00% (175) Black or African American, 0.05% (3) Native American, 1.59% (93) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.67% (39) from other races, and 1.32% (77) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.05% (236) of the population.
There were 2,227 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the borough the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 21.0% from 25 to 44, 32.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.4 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $89,208 (with a margin of error of +/- $18,245) and the median family income was $108,958 (+/- $21,795). Males had a median income of $60,038 (+/- $12,383) versus $49,415 (+/- $5,095) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $52,252 (+/- $9,172). About 3.1% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.2% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.
Census 2000 
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 5,807 people, 2,043 households, and 1,554 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,802.1 people per square mile (696.3/km2). There were 2,114 housing units at an average density of 656.0 per square mile (253.5/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.71% White, 1.96% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.79% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.07% of the population.
There were 2,043 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.0% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 21.7% 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 2.71 and the average family size was 3.18.
In the borough the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $71,458, and the median income for a family was $85,038. Males had a median income of $57,955 versus $39,718 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $33,356. About 1.8% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.
Telephone service 
The community is in area codes 732 and 848 for landlines, Oceanport is served by the 222, 229, 542 exchanges and 544 and 571 in Port-au-peck in area code 732. Mobile service is through area codes 732/848 and area code 908.
Local government 
Oceanport is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. 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.
As of 2012[update], the Mayor of Oceanport Borough is Michael J. Mahon. Members of the Borough Council (with term-end year and committee chairmanship in parentheses) are Council President Joseph A. Irace (2013; Finance & Administration), Jerry Bertekap (2015; Parks and Recreation), Richard Gallo (2014; Public Works & Engineering), John W. Ibex (2013; Public Safety), William Johnson (2015; Planning & Development) and Ellynn M. Kahle (2014; Health & Human Services).
Oceanport is a participating municipality in an initiative to study regionalizing their municipal police force with one or more municipalities. The borough received a grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in the amount of $40,950 along with the Boroughs of Fair Haven, Little Silver, Shrewsbury and Rumson to hire professional consultants to conduct the study on their behalf. A report delivered in July 2008 recommended that Fair Haven, Little Silver and Rumson should consider a network of shared police services, with consideration of inclusion of Oceanport and Shrewsbury deferred to a second phase.
Federal, State and County Representation 
Oceanport is located in the 6th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 13th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Oceanport had been in the 12th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Oceanport had been part of 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.
New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District is represented by Frank Pallone (D, Long Branch). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).
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). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
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. 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. As of 2013[update], Monmouth County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone (R, Neptune City; term ends December 31, 2013), Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso (R, Holmdel Township; 2013) John P. Curley (R, Middletown Township; 2015), Lillian G. Burry (R, Colts Neck Township; 2014), and Gary J. Rich, Sr. (R, Spring Lake; 2014). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk M. Claire French (Wall Township), Sheriff Shaun Golden (Farmingdale) and Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters (Middletown Township).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 4,331 registered voters in Oceanport, of which 990 (22.9%) were registered as Democrats, 1,219 (28.1%) were registered as Republicans and 2,122 (49.0%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 56.9% of the vote here (1,982 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 40.4% (1,408 votes) and other candidates with 1.1% (40 votes), among the 3,481 ballots cast by the borough's 4,475 registered voters, for a turnout of 77.8%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 60.5% of the vote here (2,078 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 38.3% (1,316 votes) and other candidates with 0.6% (28 votes), among the 3,433 ballots cast by the borough's 4,317 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 79.5.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 65.9% of the vote here (1,615 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 26.2% (641 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 6.5% (159 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (17 votes), among the 2,450 ballots cast by the borough's 4,401 registered voters, yielding a 55.7% turnout.
Students in Kindergarten through eighth grade in public school are educated by the Oceanport School District, which also serves students from Sea Bright, non-operating school district. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Wolf Hill Elementary School with 359 students in Kindergarten through 4th grade and Maple Place Middle School with 292 students in grades 5 - 8.
For grades 9 - 12, public school students attend Shore Regional High School, a regional high school that also serves students from the constituent districts of Monmouth Beach, Sea Bright and West Long Branch.
Monmouth Park 
The famed Monmouth Park, a thoroughbred horse race track, is home to the annual Haskell Invitational Handicap. The choice to put the track in this small community in 1946 was made because of its prime location at the shore and its accessibility for New Yorkers and North Jersey folk who make up the majority of the track crowd. The Haskell Invitational Stakes, which next to the Triple Crown is horse racing's biggest event, takes place each year in August. In October 2007, Oceanport's Monmouth Park hosted the Breeders' Cup, attracting nearly 70,000 fans over the two days of the event. Monmouth Park implemented a stormwater collection system in 2010, after the track had been repeatedly fined by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for polluting the Branchport Creek section of the Shrewsbury River with fecal contamination that washed off from the areas surrounding the track after rainstorms.
Notable people 
Notable current and former residents of Oceanport include:
- Phil Bredesen (born 1943), Governor of Tennessee.
- Charles J. O'Byrne (born 1959), top aide to Governor of New York David Paterson.
- Kevin Smith (born 1970), filmmaker, lived in Oceanport in the 1990s.
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- O'Donnell, Jenna. "Study recommends towns share police services; Consultants: Law enforcement can be regionalized", the hub, July 17, 2008. Accessed July 31, 2012. "A feasibility study of shared police services among Rumson, Fair Haven and Little Silver suggests that the three towns pool resources in six areas, including criminal investigation and communications.The findings of the Two River Regional Police Study Group by Eatontown-based Patriot Consulting Group were presented to officials and residents of the three boroughs during a meeting held at Little Silver Borough Hall on July 9.... The group was founded by the elected officials of the three towns, along with the boroughs of Oceanport and Shrewsbury, in 2007 for the purpose of assessing the feasibility of sharing and possibly regionalizing their five municipal police departments into on regional department, the release states.... O'Scanlon, a Little Silver councilman at the time, said then that the study would proceed with only Little Silver, Fair Haven and Rumson, but that Oceanport and Shrewsbury might join at a later date. "
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- Hopkins, Kathleen. "Arnone chosen to serve as freeholder director", Asbury Park Press, January 7, 2013. Accessed January 9, 2013. "The Board of Freeholders at its annual organization meeting on Thursday selected Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone to serve as its director for 2013.... Curley, 59, of Middletown, who served as freeholder director for 2012, was sworn in for a second, three-year, term on the all-GOP board. DiMaso, 49, of Holmdel, was sworn in to serve the final year of the unexpired term of Robert Clifton, which she successfully ran for in November."
- About the County Clerk, M. Claire French, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Accessed January 9, 2013.
- Sheriff Shaun Golden, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office. Accessed January 9, 2013.
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- Letter to Sea Bright Borough School District, New Jersey Department of Education, dated June 30, 2009. Accessed July 31, 2012.
- Data for the Oceanport School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 6, 2012.
- Fennell, Ryan. "Education Commissioner Assures Sea Bright On K-8 Funding", The Two River Times, November 30, 1999. Accessed July 31, 2012. "Currently, Sea Bright as well as Oceanport and West Long Branch are part of the Shore Regional School District. The regional school district funding is primarily based on land valuation."
- About Monmouth Park, Monmouth Park Racetrack. Accessed December 6, 2012. "On June 19, 1946, for the third time and after a 53-year hiatus, Monmouth Park reopened its doors."
- Leach, Kyle C. "Monmouth loses bid to host 2013 Breeders Cup", The Star-Ledger, July 27, 2012. Accessed December 6, 2012. "Monmouth was the site of the 2007 Breeders’ Cup, which despite prolonged rain that produced a muddy track, drew 69,584 fans over two days — the first time the Breeders’ Cup was expanded to a two-day event."
- Spoto, MaryAnn. "Monmouth Park Racetrack to end stormwater pollution problem with new water collection system", The Star-Ledger, May 21, 2010. Accessed December 6, 2012 "When Monmouth Park opens its season Saturday, the racetrack in Oceanport will have the beginnings of a new stormwater collection system to prevent fecal contamination in the nearby Branchport Creek. The state Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday it had finalized an agreement with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to end a pollution problem that has plagued the waterway for decades."
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- Horowitz, Jason. "Gov. Paterson's Main Man: Former Jesuit, 'Natural' Politician Charles O'Byrne", The New York Observer, March 15, 2008. Accessed April 3, 2008. "Mr. O'Byrne, 48, spent his first years in Manhattan and Staten Island before moving to Oceanport in New Jersey at the age of five. He attended Red Bank high School, off the Navesink River on the Jersey Shore, and after graduating in 1977, he attended Columbia University, earning his degree in 1981."
- Staff. "Kevin Smith, the sequel", Asbury Park Press, July 18, 1999. Accessed June 22, 2011. "Born at 4:57 p.m., Harley Quinn weighed 7 pounds and 8 ounces and will reside with her parents in their new home in Oceanport."
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- Oceanport School District
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- Shore Regional High School