Lawrence Township, Mercer County, New Jersey

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Lawrence Township, New Jersey
Township of Lawrence
Israel Stevens House
Nickname(s): 
"Where Nature Smiles for 22 Miles"[1]
Location in Mercer County and the state of New Jersey.
Location in Mercer County and the state of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Lawrence Township, Mercer County, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Lawrence Township, Mercer County, New Jersey
Lawrence Township is located in Mercer County, New Jersey
Lawrence Township
Lawrence Township
Location in Mercer County
Lawrence Township is located in New Jersey
Lawrence Township
Lawrence Township
Location in New Jersey
Lawrence Township is located in the United States
Lawrence Township
Lawrence Township
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 40°17′45″N 74°43′12″W / 40.295887°N 74.720093°W / 40.295887; -74.720093Coordinates: 40°17′45″N 74°43′12″W / 40.295887°N 74.720093°W / 40.295887; -74.720093[2][3]
Country United States
State New Jersey
CountyMercer
FormedFebruary 20, 1697 as Maidenhead Township
IncorporatedFebruary 21, 1798
RenamedJanuary 24, 1816 as Lawrence Township
Named forCapt. James Lawrence
Government
 • TypeFaulkner Act (council–manager)
 • BodyTownship Council
 • MayorJames S. Kownacki (D, term ends December 31, 2020)[4][5]
 • AdministratorKevin P. Nerwinski[6]
 • Municipal clerkKathleen S. Norcia[7]
Area
 • Total21.98 sq mi (56.94 km2)
 • Land21.73 sq mi (56.27 km2)
 • Water0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)  1.17%
Area rank126th of 565 in state
4th of 12 in county[2]
Elevation82 ft (25 m)
Population
 • Total33,472
 • Estimate 
(2019)[13]
32,435
 • Rank68th of 565 in state
4th of 12 in county[14]
 • Density1,534.8/sq mi (592.6/km2)
 • Density rank330th of 565 in state
8th of 12 in county[14]
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
08648[15]
Area code(s)609[16]
FIPS code3402139510[2][17][18]
GNIS feature ID0882126[2][19]
Websitewww.lawrencetwp.com

Lawrence Township is a township in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States. The township is part of the New York Metropolitan area as defined by the United States Census Bureau,[20] but directly borders the Philadelphia metropolitan area and is part of the Federal Communications Commission's Philadelphia Designated Market Area.[21] As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 33,472,[10][11][12] reflecting an increase of 4,313 (+14.8%) from the 29,159 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 3,372 (+13.1%) from the 25,787 counted in the 1990 Census.[22]

History[edit]

What is now Lawrence Township was originally formed as Maidenhead Township on February 20, 1697, while the area was still part of Burlington County in West Jersey. The township was named by the early Quaker settlers after Maidenhead, a Thames River village west of London. It became part of the newly created Hunterdon County on March 11, 1714. Maidenhead Township was incorporated as one of New Jersey's initial group of 104 townships by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798.[23]

On January 24, 1816, the municipality was renamed Lawrence Township, in honor of Captain James Lawrence — commander of the frigate USS Chesapeake, one of the naval heroes of the War of 1812, and a native of relatively nearby Burlington, New Jersey— best known for his dying command of "Don't give up the ship".[24] Lawrence Township became part of Mercer County at its creation on February 22, 1838. Portions of the township were taken to form Millham Township on February 10, 1882, which was annexed six years later by Trenton.[23]

On September 23, 2003, at approximately 8:25am, an F1 tornado ripped through Lawrence Township. The tornado followed a path along Princeton Pike and caused widespread damage to homes. There were no fatalities.[25][26]

Violent crime in Lawrence Township is notably rare. A fatal shooting at an Applebee's restaurant on November 14, 2017, was the first murder in the township in 16 years.[27]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 21.98 square miles (56.94 km2), including 21.73 square miles (56.27 km2) of land and 0.26 square miles (0.67 km2) of water (1.17%).[2][3]

Lawrenceville (with a 2010 Census population of 3,887[28]) is a census-designated place and unincorporated community located within Lawrence Township.[29]

Other unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include:[30] Bakersville, Clarksville, Colonial Lakelands, Coxs Corner, Eldridge Park,[citation needed] Franklin Corner, Harneys Corner, Lawrence Station, Lewisville, Louisville, Port Mercer, Princessville, Quaker Bridge, Rosedale, Slackwood and Sturwood Hamlet.

Many area residents often refer to all of Lawrence Township as Lawrenceville, as a significant majority of township residents use a Lawrenceville mailing address as specified by the United States Postal Service, while other residents have mailing addresses in either Princeton or Trenton. The township was notified by the Postal Service in 2007 that the preferred designation for the ZIP code 08648 would be changed to "Lawrence Township".[31]

The township borders the Mercer County municipalities of Ewing Township, Hamilton Township, Hopewell Township, Princeton, Trenton and West Windsor Township.[32][33][34]

Climate[edit]

According to the Köppen climate classification system, Lawrence Township, New Jersey has a hot-summer, wet all year, humid continental climate (Dfa). Dfa climates are characterized by at least one month having an average mean temperature ≤ 32.0 °F (≤ 0.0 °C), at least four months with an average mean temperature ≥ 50.0 °F (≥ 10.0 °C), at least one month with an average mean temperature ≥ 71.6 °F (≥ 22.0 °C), and no significant precipitation difference between seasons. During the summer months, episodes of extreme heat and humidity can occur with heat index values ≥ 100 °F (≥ 38 °C). On average, the wettest month of the year is July which corresponds with the annual peak in thunderstorm activity. During the winter months, episodes of extreme cold and wind can occur with wind chill values < 0 °F (< -18 °C). The plant hardiness zone at the Lawrence Township Municipal Court is 7a with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of 0.3 °F (-17.6 °C).[35] The average seasonal (November–April) snowfall total is 24 to 30 inches (61 to 76 cm), and the average snowiest month is February which corresponds with the annual peak in nor'easter activity.

Climate data for Lawrence Township Municipal Court, Mercer County, NJ (1981-2010 Averages)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 39.8
(4.3)
43.0
(6.1)
51.1
(10.6)
63.2
(17.3)
72.6
(22.6)
82.0
(27.8)
86.3
(30.2)
84.5
(29.2)
77.5
(25.3)
66.3
(19.1)
55.5
(13.1)
44.4
(6.9)
63.9
(17.7)
Daily mean °F (°C) 31.6
(−0.2)
34.2
(1.2)
41.6
(5.3)
52.3
(11.3)
61.7
(16.5)
71.2
(21.8)
75.9
(24.4)
74.3
(23.5)
67.0
(19.4)
55.6
(13.1)
46.1
(7.8)
36.4
(2.4)
54.1
(12.3)
Average low °F (°C) 23.5
(−4.7)
25.5
(−3.6)
32.0
(0.0)
41.4
(5.2)
50.7
(10.4)
60.5
(15.8)
65.5
(18.6)
64.0
(17.8)
56.5
(13.6)
44.8
(7.1)
36.7
(2.6)
28.3
(−2.1)
44.2
(6.8)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.48
(88)
2.78
(71)
4.25
(108)
4.08
(104)
4.15
(105)
4.36
(111)
5.38
(137)
4.12
(105)
4.42
(112)
3.83
(97)
3.64
(92)
4.07
(103)
48.56
(1,233)
Average relative humidity (%) 65.6 61.9 57.5 57.2 62.1 66.3 66.2 68.6 70.0 68.5 66.6 66.5 64.8
Average dew point °F (°C) 21.4
(−5.9)
22.5
(−5.3)
27.7
(−2.4)
37.6
(3.1)
48.6
(9.2)
59.4
(15.2)
63.8
(17.7)
63.3
(17.4)
56.9
(13.8)
45.4
(7.4)
35.6
(2.0)
26.3
(−3.2)
42.5
(5.8)
Source: PRISM Climate Group[36]

Ecology[edit]

According to the A. W. Kuchler U.S. potential natural vegetation types, Lawrence Township, New Jersey would have an Appalachian Oak (104) vegetation type with an Eastern Hardwood Forest (25) vegetation form.[37]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
17901,032
18101,086
18201,35424.7%
18301,4335.8%
18401,5568.6%
18501,83818.1%
18602,02410.1%
18702,25111.2%
18803,17441.0%
18901,448*−54.4%
19001,5557.4%
19102,52262.2%
19203,68646.2%
19306,29370.7%
19406,5223.6%
19508,49930.3%
196013,66560.8%
197019,56743.2%
198019,7240.8%
199025,78730.7%
200029,15913.1%
201033,47214.8%
2019 (est.)32,435[13][38][39]−3.1%
Population sources:
1790–1920[40] 1840[41]
1850–1870[42] 1850[43] 1870[44] 1880–1890[45]
1890–1910[46] 1910–1930[47]
1930–1990[48] 2000[49][50] 2010[10][11][12]
* = Lost territory in previous decade[23]

Census 2010[edit]

The 2010 United States Census counted 33,472 people, 12,524 households, and 8,116 families in the township. The population density was 1,534.8 inhabitants per square mile (592.6/km2). There were 13,239 housing units at an average density of 607.1 per square mile (234.4/km2). The racial makeup was 69.68% (23,322) White, 10.76% (3,602) Black or African American, 0.20% (66) Native American, 14.10% (4,721) Asian, 0.09% (29) Pacific Islander, 2.73% (913) from other races, and 2.45% (819) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.48% (2,503) of the population.[10]

Of the 12,524 households, 29.2% had children under the age of 18; 51.1% were married couples living together; 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present and 35.2% were non-families. Of all households, 29.2% were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.07.[10]

20.0% of the population were under the age of 18, 13.5% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.3 years. For every 100 females, the population had 86.8 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 82.7 males.[10]

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $88,693 (with a margin of error of +/- $5,442) and the median family income was $108,743 (+/- $4,377). Males had a median income of $68,305 (+/- $6,890) versus $50,103 (+/- $5,345) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $43,136 (+/- $3,030). About 4.4% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.[51]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[17] there were 29,159 people, 10,797 households, and 7,233 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,317.0 people per square mile (508.5/km2). There were 11,180 housing units at an average density of 504.9 per square mile (195.0/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 79.22% White, 9.28% African American, 0.08% Native American, 7.91% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 1.79% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.61% of the population.[49][50]

There were 10,797 households, out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.05.[49][50]

In the township the population was spread out, with 21.7% under the age of 18, 12.4% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.4 males.[49][50]

The median income for a household in the township was $67,959, and the median income for a family was $82,704. Males had a median income of $56,681 versus $38,468 for females. The per capita income for the township was $33,120. About 2.6% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.[49][50]

Economy[edit]

Lawrence Township is home to the headquarters of:

Quaker Bridge Mall is a two-level, indoor shopping center located in Lawrenceville on U.S. 1, near Interstate 295. The mall opened in 1975, and has over 100 retail establishments. The mall's anchor stores include J.C. Penney, Lord & Taylor, Macy's, Sears and Old Navy. The mall has a gross leasable area of 1,076,000 square feet (100,000 m2).[54] Quaker Bridge Mall also had a renovation in 2011–2012, and was finished around August 2012.

Lawrenceville has a small business district near the Lawrenceville School. The Lawrence Shopping Center and other businesses along U.S. Route 1 provide additional commercial clusters in the township.

The transmitter for WKXW-FM, better known as New Jersey 101.5, is located near the Quaker Bridge Mall.[55]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Lawrence Township operates within the Faulkner Act, formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law, under the Council-Manager form of municipal government, which was implemented in 1970. The township is one of 42 municipalities (of the 565) statewide that use this form of government.[56] The governing body is comprised of five Council Members who are elected at-large in partisan elections to serve four-year terms on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats coming up for election in odd-numbered years as part of the November general election.[8] A Mayor is selected by the Council from among its members at an annual reorganization meeting to serve a term of one year.

As of 2020, members of the Lawrence Township Council are Mayor James S. Kownacki (D, term on committee ends December 31, 2021; term as mayor ends 2020), Chris Bobbitt (D, 2021), Cathleen M. Lewis (D, 2023), Michael S. Powers (D, 2023) and John Ryan (D, 2023).[4][57][58][59][60]

In August 2015, the Township Council appointed Ian J. Dember on an interim basis to fill the seat expiring in December 2017 that had been held by Stephen Brame until his death the previous month.[61][62] In the November 2015 general election, Democrat Chris Bobbitt was elected to serve the balance of the term.[63]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Lawrence Township is located in the 12th Congressional District[64] and is part of New Jersey's 15th state legislative district.[11][65][66]

For the 116th United States Congress, New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District is represented by Bonnie Watson Coleman (D, Ewing Township).[67][68] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021)[69] and Bob Menendez (Paramus, term ends 2025).[70][71]

For the 2020–2021 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 15th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Shirley Turner (D, Lawrence Township, Mercer County) and in the General Assembly by Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D, Trenton) and Anthony Verrelli (D, Hopewell Township, Mercer County, New Jersey).[72][73]

Mercer County is governed by a County Executive who oversees the day-to-day operations of the county and by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders that acts in a legislative capacity, setting policy. All officials are chosen at-large in partisan elections, with the executive serving a four-year term of office while the freeholders serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats up for election each year.[74] As of 2014, the County Executive is Brian M. Hughes (D, term ends December 31, 2015; Princeton).[75] Mercer County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chair Andrew Koontz (D, 2016; Princeton),[76] Freeholder Vice Chair Samuel T. Frisby, Sr. (2015; Trenton),[77] Ann M. Cannon (2015; East Windsor Township),[78] Anthony P. Carabelli (2016; Trenton),[79] John A. Cimino (2014, Hamilton Township),[80] Pasquale "Pat" Colavita, Jr. (2015; Lawrence Township)[81] and Lucylle R. S. Walter (2014; Ewing Township)[82][83][84] Mercer County's constitutional officers are County Clerk Paula Sollami-Covello (D, 2015),[85] Sheriff John A. Kemler (D, 2014)[86] and Surrogate Diane Gerofsky (D, 2016).[87][88]

New Jersey Lottery is headquartered in the One Lawrence Park Complex in Lawrence Township.[89][90]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 19,237 registered voters in Lawrence Township, of which 7,718 (40.1%) were registered as Democrats, 3,152 (16.4%) were registered as Republicans and 8,342 (43.4%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 25 voters registered to other parties.[91]

Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016[92] 27.7% 4,231 68.6% 10,490 3.6% 201
2012[93] 31.9% 4,688 66.7% 9,798 1.4% 201
2008[94] 31.6% 4,771 66.3% 10,025 1.2% 177
2004[95] 36.3% 5,228 60.1% 8,658 0.7% 151

In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 66.7% of the vote (9,798 cast), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 31.9% (4,688 votes), and other candidates with 1.4% (201 votes), among the 16,398 ballots cast by the township's 20,890 registered voters (1,711 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 78.5%.[96][97] In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 66.3% of the vote (10,025 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 31.6% (4,771 votes) and other candidates with 1.2% (177 votes), among the 15,115 ballots cast by the township's 19,981 registered voters, for a turnout of 75.6%.[94] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 60.1% of the vote (8,658 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 36.3% (5,228 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (151 votes), among the 14,412 ballots cast by the township's 18,440 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 78.2.[95]

Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2017[98] 29.9% 2,777 68.0% 6,318 2.1% 199
2013[99] 51.4% 4,634 46.6% 4,205 2.0% 178
2009[100] 38.1% 3,858 54.7% 5,528 6.2% 623

In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 51.4% of the vote (4,634 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 46.6% (4,205 votes), and other candidates with 2.0% (178 votes), among the 9,276 ballots cast by the township's 20,298 registered voters (259 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 45.7%.[101] In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 54.7% of the vote (5,528 ballots cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 38.1% (3,858 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 5.3% (537 votes) and other candidates with 0.9% (86 votes), among the 10,113 ballots cast by the township's 19,495 registered voters, yielding a 51.9% turnout.[100]

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Edith Memorial Chapel at the Lawrenceville School

The Lawrence Township Public Schools serve students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.[102] As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised of seven schools, had an enrollment of 3,907 students and 325.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.0:1.[103] Schools in the district (with 2017-18 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[104]) are Eldridge Park Elementary School[105] (239 students; in grades K-3), Ben Franklin Elementary School[106] (391; PreK-3), Lawrenceville Elementary School[107] (307; PreK-3), Slackwood Elementary School[108] (267; K-3), Lawrence Intermediate School[109] (899; 4-6), Lawrence Middle School[110] (596; 7-8) and Lawrence High School[111] (1,157; 9-12).[112][113][114]

Eighth grade students from all of Mercer County are eligible to apply to attend the high school programs offered by the Mercer County Technical Schools, a county-wide vocational school district that offers full-time career and technical education at its Health Sciences Academy, STEM Academy and Academy of Culinary Arts, with no tuition charged to students for attendance.[115][116]

Private schools[edit]

Lawrence Township is home to two parochial schools operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton: Notre Dame High School is a coeducational, Roman Catholic, college preparatory school for students in grades 9-12[117] and Saint Ann School, which serves 341 students in pre-3 through eighth grade.[118][119]

Lawrenceville is home to the Lawrenceville School, a coeducational, independent boarding school for ninth through twelfth grades, founded in 1810.[120]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Centennial Lake at Rider University

Founded in 1865 and granted university status in 1992, Rider University is a private university with its main campus just south of Lawrenceville that serves nearly 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students.[121]

Miscellaneous education[edit]

Founded in 1947, Lawrence Township has been the headquarters location for the Educational Testing Service since 1964.[122]

The Princeton Community Japanese Language School teaches weekend Japanese classes for Japanese citizen children abroad to the standard of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and it also has classes for people with Japanese as a second language.[123] Courses are taught at Memorial Hall at Rider University.[124] The main office of the school is in Princeton although the office used on Sundays is in Memorial Hall.[123]

Transportation[edit]

Roads and highways[edit]

View east along Interstate 295 from U.S. Route 206 in Lawrence Township

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 132.33 miles (212.96 km) of roadways, of which 102.37 miles (164.75 km) were maintained by the municipality, 11.48 miles (18.48 km) by Mercer County and 18.48 miles (29.74 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.[125]

Several major transportation routes traverse the Township.[126] Interstate 295 runs through as a semicircle[127] while U.S. Route 1, the other major highway, bisects the municipality.[128] U.S. 1 is in effect three different roads: the original route from Trenton to New Brunswick in the southern half of the Township, the limited access Trenton Freeway, and the combined road in the northern half that serves as a regional arterial linking the Interstates with New Brunswick and Route 18.

U.S. Route 206 (Lawrence Road) is the main artery within the township itself, running from Trenton to Princeton roughly north-to-south.[129] It is a segment of the historic Lincoln Highway, and before that, it was part of the main New York-Philadelphia Post road. Major county routes that pass through include County Route 533,[130] County Route 546[131] and County Route 569.[132]

View north along U.S. Route 1 from Interstate 295 in Lawrence Township.

Lawrence Township had been the site of what was called the "abrupt ending" of Interstate 95. This was a result from politics in Somerset County that eliminated a planned connection of the Somerset Freeway to Interstate 287. Originally, when drivers travelled along I-95 north while approaching the interchange for U.S. Route 1, the 95 designation abruptly ended and the highway turned southward and became Interstate 295. Drivers wishing to continue north were required to use an alternate route, either by taking US 1 north, or continue along Interstate 295 south to Interstate 195 east and to the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95) at Exit 7A in Robbinsville Township.[133] This portion of interstate (between the Hopewell Township border and U.S. 1) was renumbered from I-95 to I-295 in May 2018.[134]

Public transportation[edit]

The busy Northeast Corridor rail line, carrying Amtrak and NJ Transit trains, runs along the eastern edge of the township. The nearest stations are in Hamilton, Trenton, Princeton and Princeton Junction.

NJ Transit provides bus service to Trenton on the 600, 603, 605, 606, 609 and 613 routes, and local service on route 612.[135][136]

A rail spur used to run to Lawrenceville from Trenton, but was discontinued in the 1970s and is now a bicycle trail. From Lawrenceville, a trolley line to Princeton existed from 1900 to 1941, but was dismantled before World War II, and the right-of-way largely has reverted to neighboring landowners.[137]

The nearest commercial airport is Trenton-Mercer Airport, formerly known as the Mercer County Airport, in Ewing Township with nonstop service to 10 major cities in the eastern half of the United States. Lawrence Township is roughly equidistant to the other two nearby commercial airports, Philadelphia International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.

Points of interest[edit]

The Port Mercer Canal House is located at 4378 Quakerbridge Road, along the Delaware and Raritan Canal near the border of West Windsor Township and Princeton. The house was built in the 1830s as housing for the bridge tender and his family. The bridge tender was needed to open the swing bridge when canal boats came through, then close it to allow traffic to cross over the canal.[138]

The Delaware and Raritan Canal has an intact walking towpath for most of its length. Additional walking trail areas in the township include Shipetaukin Woods, Carson Road Woods, and part of Rosedale Park. Lawrence Township is part of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail,[139] currently under development.[140]

Brearley Oak (May 2013)

Jasna Polana was the home of John Seward Johnson I of Johnson & Johnson. His widow converted it into Tournament Players Club at Jasna Polana golf course.

Terhune Orchards is a winery and produce farm.

Colonial Lake, a man-made lake covering 25 acres (10 ha), is the centerpiece of the township's Colonial Lake Park.[141]

The Brearley Oak, the largest Black Oak tree in New Jersey, is located along the Princeton Pike.[142]

Notable people[edit]

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Lawrence Township include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kuperinsky, Amy. "'The Jewel of the Meadowlands'?: N.J.'s best, worst and weirdest town slogans", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, January 22, 2015. Accessed July 12, 2016. "Lawrence Township, in Mercer County, chose to capitalize on its square mileage with 'Where Nature Smiles for 22 Miles.' Joseph DallePazze, the town's mayor in the '70s and '80s, is credited with coining the motto, says township clerk Kathleen Norcia, even though, as sloganeer Swartz points out, the slogan is eerily reminiscent of Spring Lake Township, Michigan's motto, 'Where nature smiles for seven miles.'"
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  3. ^ a b US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990 , United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 4, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Town Council, Township of Lawrence. Accessed May 6, 2020. "Lawrence Township adopted a Council-Manager form of government in 1970. The Council is composed of five part-time members, each elected on a partisan basis, serving for a four year term. Due to overlapping terms, elections for Council are held every 2 years."
  5. ^ 2020 New Jersey Mayors Directory, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Accessed February 1, 2020. As of date accessed, Kownacki is listed with a term-end year of 2021, which is the end of his four-year committee term, not his one-year mayoral term.
  6. ^ Manager, Township of Lawrence. Accessed May 6, 2020.
  7. ^ Municipal Clerk, Township of Lawrence. Accessed May 6, 2020.
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