Somerset Hills

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Map of The Somerset Hills region in Somerset County
Bernardsville Station

The Somerset Hills is a region in the northern portion of Somerset County, New Jersey, United States, almost entirely north of Interstate 78. It comprises Bernards Township (Basking Ridge, Lyons, and Liberty Corner), Bernardsville, Bedminster Township, Far Hills, and Peapack-Gladstone. Based on the United States Census, 2000 data, population was as follows: Peapack-Gladstone 2,433 (6%), Bernardsville 7,345 (17%), Bernards Township 24,575 (56%), Bedminster Township 8,302 (19%) and Far Hills 857 (2%), for a total of 43,512.

Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, Lyons and West Millington are ZIP codes and unincorporated areas located within Bernards Township.

Bedminster Township includes the area known as Greater Cross Roads, Lamington, Pluckemin, Pottersville, and the section of Bedminster.

Background[edit]

During the decades following the Civil War, the United States experienced tremendous economic growth and the concomitant accumulation of enormous wealth by a select, but growing and increasingly interrelated, group of industrialists and financiers who were determined to join the ranks of the established upper class. To assimilate themselves into society, these new plutocrats lavishly spent their newfound wealth to acquire all of the physical manifestations of the aristocratic life, including large country houses in one or more of the country’s exclusive residential “colonies,” such the Somerset Hills of New Jersey. These great country estates were intended to be examples of conspicuous consumption and the pursuit of leisure and a blatant statement of the owner’s social standing.(Jack Turpin)

Historical Landmarks[edit]

For Details on Location try The Historical Society of The Somerset Hills website

Bedminster Township[edit]

Bernards Township[edit]

Lyons Station
  • Franklin Corners Historic District
  • Samuel Johnson House
  • Van Dorn's Mill
  • Franklin Corner School
  • Liberty Corner Historic District (E)

Bernardsville[edit]

Far Hills Borough[edit]

  • Far Hills Train Station, US Route 202 (21)
  • Alexander and James Linn Homestead, Minebrook Rd (22)

Peapack-Gladstone Borough[edit]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

The Somerset Hills Region is in the Eleventh Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 16th Legislative District.

New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, Harding Township).[1] 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)[2][3] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[4][5]

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). [6][7] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[8] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[9]

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.[10] As of 2013, Somerset County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer (R, Bernardsville, term ends December 31, 2014),[11] Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione (R, Bridgewater Township, 2015).[12] Mark Caliguire (R, Skillman in Montgomery Township, 2015),[13] Patricia L. Walsh (R, Green Brook Township, 2013),[14] and Robert Zaborowski (R, Somerset in Franklin Township, 2014),[15][16][17] Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Brett A. Radi (R, Somerville, 2017),[18] Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano (R, Raritan, 2013)[19][20] and Surrogate Frank Bruno (R, Branchburg, 2015).[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Directory of Representatives: New Jersey, United States House of Representatives. Accessed January 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Cory A. Booker, United States Senate. Accessed November 5, 2013.
  3. ^ Nutt, Amy Ellis (October 31, 2013). "Booker is officially a U.S. senator after being sworn in". NJ.com/Associated Press. Accessed October 31, 2013.
  4. ^ Biography of Bob Menendez, United States Senate. Accessed November 5, 2013. "He currently lives in North Bergen and has two children, Alicia and Robert."
  5. ^ Senators of the 113th Congress from New Jersey. United States Senate. Accessed November 5, 2013.
  6. ^ Legislative Roster 2014-2015 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 30, 2014.
  7. ^ District 16 Legislators, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 30, 2014.
  8. ^ "About the Governor". State of New Jersey. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  9. ^ "About the Lieutenant Governor". State of New Jersey. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  10. ^ Somerset County Government: At Your Service, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013.
  11. ^ Peter S. Palmer, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013.
  12. ^ Patrick Scaglione, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013. A term-end year of 2012 is listed as of date accessed.
  13. ^ Mark Caliguire, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013. A term-end year of 2012 is listed as of date accessed.
  14. ^ Patricia Walsh, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013.
  15. ^ Robert Zaborowski, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013.
  16. ^ Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013.
  17. ^ Wichert, Bill. "Somerset Freeholders name Peter Palmer as director, Patrick Scaglione as deputy director ", The Star-Ledger, January 4, 2013. Accessed January 10, 2013. "Joined by family, friends and elected officials at the state and local levels, the county freeholders tapped Palmer to serve as director in 2013 and named Patrick Scaglione as deputy director. Scaglione and Freeholder Mark Caliguire, both Republicans, also were sworn in today to new three-year terms."
  18. ^ Biography: Somerset County Clerk Brett A. Radi, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013.
  19. ^ Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano, Somerset County Sheriff's Office. Accessed January 10, 2013.
  20. ^ Sheriff, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013.
  21. ^ Somerset County Surrogate, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013.

Media/News[edit]

News source and blog for all that's happening in the Somerset Hills

External links[edit]