Lodi Township, New Jersey

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the historical Lodi Township. For the modern borough, see Lodi, New Jersey.

40°52′36.68″N 74°5′5.75″W / 40.8768556°N 74.0849306°W / 40.8768556; -74.0849306

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,114
1860 2,063 85.2%
1870 3,221 56.1%
1880 4,071 26.4%
1890 5,181 27.3%
1900 448 * −91.4%
1910 693 54.7%
1920 987 42.4%
1930 1,294 31.1%
* lost territory
Historical census data source:[1]

Lodi Township was a township that existed in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, from 1826 to 1935.


Lodi Township was formed by an act of the New Jersey Legislature, on March 1, 1826, from the southern portion of New Barbadoes Township.[2]

On February 22, 1840, Hudson County was created from territories that had been Bergen Township (1693) and from the southern portion of Lodi Township. The portion of Lodi Township taken at this time formed the new Harrison Township in Hudson County. The border between the newly created Harrison Township in Hudson County and the portion of Lodi Township remaining in Bergen County was the New Barbadoes Turnpike, which is now called Paterson Plank Road.

In 1852, some of the residents of the northern portion of Harrison Township requested to be returned to Bergen County. This area — which had been part of Lodi Township — was returned to Bergen County as Union Township.

On February 21, 1893, Bergen Township (1893) was created from the southern section of Lodi Township.[2]

In 1894, with "Boroughitis" at its peak, the subdivision of Lodi Township kicked off with the creation of three boroughs: Hasbrouck Heights (July 31, 1894), Little Ferry (September 18, 1894) and Lodi (December 21, 1894). Moonachie was created on April 11, 1910, followed by Teterboro on March 26, 1917.[2] During this period, several exchanges of territory were made with neighboring municipalities.[3]

Finally, on November 15, 1935, Lodi Township was dissolved and the remaining scattered fragments of the township became South Hackensack.[2] The immediate cause of this was the "Lodi Township Sewer Scandal" of 1930, allegedly a corrupt municipal contract to build a sewer where there were, as yet, no streets. State Senator Ralph W. Chandless was expelled from the New Jersey State Senate as a result of his role in this scandal. The campaign to expose the scandal and those involved in it, including Chandless, was led by The Bergen Evening Record of Hackensack, NJ, later "The Bergen Record" and now The Record of Hackensack.[4]

Arguably the sewer, built mainly along what is now Green Street, was a sensible idea intended to attract commercial and industrial development. Due to the Great Depression development did not take place until after World War II.

The sewer line in question still exists in South Hackensack. Manhole covers along Green Street with the legend "Lodi Towns 1929" may still be seen.

Notable residents[edit]

Notable residents of Lodi Township include:


  1. ^ CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING 1790-2000, United States Census Bureau. Accessed July 20, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d Snyder, John P. The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 80. Accessed October 7, 2015.
  3. ^ Honeyman, Abraham Van Doren. Index-analysis of the Statutes of New Jersey, 1896-1909: Together with References to All Acts, and Parts of Acts, in the 'General Statutes' and Pamphlet Laws Expressly Repealed: and the Statutory Crimes of New Jersey During the Same Period, p. 170. New Jersey Law Journal Publishing Company, 1910. Accessed October 7, 2015.
  4. ^ Armand Palazzi. South Hackensack celebrates: America's Bicentennial, 1776-1976; sesquicentennial, 1826-1976. N.p., n.d. [1976].
  5. ^ John Huyler, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed September 2, 2007.


External links[edit]