Hispanics and Latinos in New Jersey
The U.S. state of New Jersey is home to significant number of people of Latino and Hispanic descent, representing 18.9% of the total population. The state has several municipalities with Hispanic majority populations, and Latinos and Hispanics form one-third of the population in the largest city, Newark. The northern part of Hudson County is nicknamed "Havana on the Hudson" for the large number of Cuban exiles and émigrés living there. Many Latino or Hispanic people have been elected to public office.
- 1 Places and populations
- 2 Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development
- 3 Public office
- 4 Sports and arts
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 Further reading
Places and populations
Places with over 100,000 people
Places with between 25,000 and 100,000 people
Places with between 10,000 and 25,000 people
Places with fewer than 10,000 people
Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development is designed to empower the Hispanic community of New Jersey by administering grant dollars and providing other assistance to Hispanic community-based organizations, creating training and employment opportunities for Hispanic college interns, conducting and supporting research on New Jersey's Hispanic community, and ensuring Hispanic access to services and programs.
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Public officials of Latino or Hispanic descent include:
- Bob Menendez, United States Senator
- Esther Salas, federal district judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
- Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina, Associate Justice New Jersey Supreme Court
- Roberto A. Rivera-Soto, Associate Justice New Jersey Supreme Court
US and State legislators
- Vincent Prieto, State Assemblyman 32nd legislative district, Speaker of Assembly
- Ruben J. Ramos, State Assemblyman, 33rd legislative district
- Caridad Rodriguez, State Assemblywoman 33rd Legislative District
- Albio Sires, Member of the United States House of Representatives 13th congressional district
County and local offices
- Tilo Rivas, Freeholder District 6 
- Eliu Rivera, Freeholder District 4
- Jose C. Muñoz, Freeholder District 7
- Al Santos, Mayor of Kearny
- Rudy Garcia-appointed mayor of Union City
- Felix Roque, Mayor of West New York
- Bernice Toledo, Passaic County Surrogate Court Judge and New Jersey State Superior Court Deputy Clerk. Elected in 2011. Re-elected in 2016.
The percentage of Latinos in Newark, the state's largest city, grew considerably between 1980 and 2010, from 18.6% to 33.8%; that of blacks has slightly decreased from 58.2% to 52.4%. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 33.83% (93,746) or one-third of the population, of which 13% of the total population was Puerto Rican. While municipal elections have seen black-Latino coalitions, voting tends to remain racially polarized.
- Alex Blanco
- Jose "Joey" Torres
- Anthony R. Suarez, served as Mayor of Ridgefield, New Jersey
- Julio Tavarez, Councilmember representing 5th Ward in the City of Paterson, New Jersey
Sports and arts
- Juan Pablo Ángel, professional soccer player for the New York Red Bull (Colombian-American)
- Amado Guevara, professional soccer player (Honduran American)
- Edward Fernandez, politician (Dominican-American)
- Carol-Lynn Parente, executive producer of Sesame Street (Puerto Rican-American)
- Franck de Las Mercedes, visual artist (Nicaraguan American)
- Tab Ramos, US national soccer team player (Uruguayan American)
- Jorge Rojas, professional soccer player for the New York Red Bull (Venezuelan American)
- Pedro Sosa, professional American football player (Dominican-American)
- Paquito D'Rivera, nine-time Grammy Award–winning jazz maestro and writer (Cuban-American)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
- "Demographic and Economic Profiles of Hispanics by State and County, 2014". 26 July 2011.
- Sen-Yuan Wu, "Growing New Jersey Minority Population Reaches Majority in Some Municipalities", NJ Labor Market Views issue #7, NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, May 16, 2011.
- "Census data shows Hispanics as the largest minority in N.J.".
- Census factinder for 2010 census retrieved 2014-07-13
- Census report on Hispanic population based on analysis of 2010 U.S. census
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-08. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-07. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
- "Robert Menendez, a Politician Even at 20" The New York Times, December 10, 2005
- Wayne Parry, Associated Press (via the San Francisco Chronicle), Menendez Inspires Pride in Cuban-Americans, December 8, 2005
- "Candidates for November 3, 2009 General Election". Hudson County Clerk. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
- Matthew Amato. "TILO IS GOOD MEDICINE!!!". Hudson Reporter. June 7, 2009.
- "María DeCastro Blake Community Service Award 2007 Honoree". The Newark Public Library. 2007. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
- Freeholder District 7, Hudson County, New Jersey. Accessed January 5, 2011.
- "Hudson County - Board of Choosen Freeholders". 30 May 2008. Archived from the original on 30 May 2008.
- "Wayback Machine" (PDF). 15 March 2003. Archived from the original on 15 March 2003.
- Suarez, Monica (November 4, 2013). "Luis Quintana sworn in as Newark’s first Latino mayor". NBC Latino. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
- "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 for Newark city, Essex County, New Jersey". Census 2010. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
- Perry, Ravi K (editor); Gillepsie, Andra (2013), "Beyond Booker: Assissing the Prospect of Black and Latino Mayoral Candidates in Newark, New Jersey", 21st Century Urban Race Politics: Representing Minorities As Universal Interests, Emerald Group Publishing
- Gillespie, Andra (2012), The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark, and Post-Racial America, New York University Press, ISBN 978-0814732441
- Giambusso, David (September 22, 2013). "With Newark council president vote, Ras Baraka could win Latino support". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- Wharton, Jonathon L. (2013). A Post-Racial Change Is Gonna Come Newark, Cory Booker, and the Transformation of Urban America. Palgrave MacMilan. ISBN 978-1-137-27771-8. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- Llorente, Elizabeth (October 7, 2013). "In One New Jersey Town, Latinos Dominate Council, Bucking National Trend". Fox News Latino. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
-  Archived February 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- Rohan, Virginia. "Former fan now in charge of 'Sesame Street'"[permanent dead link], The Record (Bergen County), August 13, 2007. Accessed August 13, 2007.
- Levine, Daniel Rome. "Triunfador Franck de Las Mercedes", ABC News, August 16, 2007. Accessed August 18, 2008.
- Mifflin, Lawrie. "Doing a Star Turn for the Home Team, at Last", The New York Times, August 18, 1996. Accessed January 7, 2008.