Wayne, New Jersey
Wayne, New Jersey
|Township of Wayne|
Map of Wayne in Passaic County. Inset: Location of Passaic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Wayne, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||April 12, 1847|
|Named for||Anthony Wayne|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (mayor–council)|
|• Body||Township Council|
|• Mayor||Christopher P. Vergano (R, term ends December 31, 2021)|
|• Administrator||Neal Bellet|
|• Municipal clerk||Paul V. Margiotta|
|• Total||25.14 sq mi (65.11 km2)|
|• Land||23.72 sq mi (61.44 km2)|
|• Water||1.42 sq mi (3.67 km2) 5.64%|
|Area rank||107th of 565 in state|
3rd of 16 in county
|Elevation||400 ft (100 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||29th of 566 in state|
4th of 16 in county
|• Density||2,306.0/sq mi (890.4/km2)|
|• Density rank||265th of 566 in state|
12th of 16 in county
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0882314|
Wayne is a township in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States, located less than 20 miles (32 km) from Midtown Manhattan, and is home to William Paterson University. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a total population of 54,717, reflecting an increase of 648 (+1.2%) from the 54,069 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 7,044 (+15.0%) from the 47,025 counted in the 1990 Census.
Wayne was formed as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 12, 1847, from portions of Manchester Township. Totowa was formed from portions of Wayne and Manchester Township on March 15, 1898. Points of interest include William Paterson University, Willowbrook Mall, Wayne Towne Center, High Mountain Park Preserve, and Dey Mansion.
In 1694, Arent Schuyler, a surveyor, trader and land speculator, was sent by the British into northwestern New Jersey to investigate rumors that the French were trying to incite the local Lenape Native Americans to rebel against them. He found no evidence of a rebellion, but discovered a fertile river valley where the Lenape grew crops. Schuyler reported his findings to the British and then convinced a group including Major Anthony Brockholst and Samuel Bayard to invest in the land he referred to as the Pompton Valley. The group chose Schuyler to be the negotiator with the Lenape and Bayard to negotiate with the East Jersey Company, the owner of the land rights from the King of England. The group completed their purchase of 5,000 acres (20 km2) on November 11, 1695, and the area became part of what was then known as New Barbadoes Township in Bergen County. Schuyler constructed the Schuyler-Colfax House at this time.
In 1710, the area became part of Saddle River Township. During the Revolutionary War, General George Washington made his headquarters at the Dey Mansion, first in July 1780, and again in October and November 1780. Alexander Hamilton, Washington's aide-de-camp, stayed at the house with him. Troops and generals were spread throughout the area during encampments, including the township's namesake Anthony Wayne and the Marquis de Lafayette, who made his headquarters at the nearby Van Saun House. Near the end of the war, Arent Schuyler's granddaughter Hester Schuyler married William Colfax, a member of Washington's Life Guard, and they lived together at the Schuyler-Colfax House.
In 1837, Passaic County was formed from portions of Bergen County, and the area became part of the new Manchester Township. On April 12, 1847, the first township organization meeting was held, and the citizens voted to split from Manchester and named the new municipality Wayne.
Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries Wayne remained predominately agricultural, with some industry in the form of grist, saw, and cider mills, blacksmiths, and a Laflin & Rand gunpowder plant. Numerous farmsteads in the township employed slaves until gradual abolition began in New Jersey in 1804, however, the practice continued in some instances under the veil of "apprenticeship" until the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865.
In 1868, Milton H. Sanford, owner of the Preakness Stud, purchased a racehorse for $4,000, naming it Preakness. On the horse's maiden start, he was entered into the inaugural "Dinner Party Stakes" at the new Pimlico Race Course in Maryland, winning the race on October 25, 1870. In 1873, Pimlico ran its first race for three year-olds and named it the Preakness Stakes, in honor of the first horse to win a race at the track. Today, the Preakness is the second race in the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing.
The Morris Canal ran through the southwestern part of Wayne, carrying produce to markets and coal from Pennsylvania. The canal was replaced by the railroad at the end of the 19th century. In the early 20th century Wayne grew as a vacation retreat for wealthy New Yorkers who came by train to stay in bungalows along the area's lakes. New Jersey Route 23 and U.S. Route 46 were constructed across the township during the Great Depression.
During World War II, summer bungalows were converted to year-round residences to accommodate people moving to Wayne to work in war-related industries. Following the war, Wayne suburbanized as farmlands were turned into housing developments, and Interstate 80 was built through the southern part of the township.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 25.14 square miles (65.11 km2), including 23.72 square miles (61.44 km2) of land and 1.42 square miles (3.67 km2) of water (5.64%).
Wayne shares its borders with 11 neighboring municipalities: Haledon, Little Falls, North Haledon, Pompton Lakes and Totowa in Passaic County; Franklin Lakes and Oakland in Bergen County; Fairfield and North Caldwell in Essex County; and Lincoln Park and Pequannock in Morris County.
Neighborhoods and lake communities
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Barbours Mills, Barbours Pond, Lower Preakness, Mountain View, Packanack Lake, Pines Lake, Point View, Pompton Falls, Preakness and Two Bridges.
Wayne has a number of lakes, with distinct communities and neighborhoods located around them. These include Packanack Lake, Pines Lake, Lions Head Lake, Tom's Lake and Pompton Lake (half of which is in Wayne). The Passaic River also flows through a portion of Wayne and often floods near Willowbrook Mall and riverside neighborhoods.
|Climate data for Wayne, New Jersey|
|Average high °F (°C)||38
|Average low °F (°C)||20
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||4.14
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1930–1990 2000 2010
* = Lost territory in previous decade.
The 2010 United States Census counted 54,717 people, 19,127 households, and 14,230 families in the township. The population density was 2,306.0 per square mile (890.4/km2). There were 19,768 housing units at an average density of 833.1 per square mile (321.7/km2). The racial makeup was 86.07% (47,097) White, 2.28% (1,247) Black or African American, 0.09% (51) Native American, 8.18% (4,478) Asian, 0.02% (11) Pacific Islander, 1.80% (985) from other races, and 1.55% (848) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.92% (4,335) of the population.
Of the 19,127 households, 33.0% had children under the age of 18; 62.9% were married couples living together; 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present and 25.6% were non-families. Of all households, 22.2% were made up of individuals and 12.3% 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 3.21.
22.0% of the population were under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 29.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.8 years. For every 100 females, the population had 91.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 88.4 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $100,638 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,630) and the median family income was $117,745 (+/- $5,252). Males had a median income of $80,420 (+/- $5,367) versus $54,413 (+/- $2,379) for females. The per capita income for the township was $40,875 (+/- $1,473). About 2.2% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.
While Wayne has been and remains predominantly White, it has increased in diversity over the years. From 2000 to 2010, the percentage of every minority group has gone up. Some of the prevalent ethnic minority groups include Indian Americans at 3.0% and Korean Americans at 2.0%, while Puerto Ricans were 2.3% of the population.
As of the 2000 Census, there were 54,069 people, 18,755 households, and 14,366 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,269.5/mi2 (876.4/km2). There were 19,218 housing units at an average density of 806.7/mi2 (806.7/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 90.05% White, 1.66% African American, 0.10% Native American, 5.67% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.17% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.09% of the population.
There were 18,755 households, out of which 34.4% had related children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.4% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the township the age distribution of the population shows 23.2% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $83,651, and the median income for a family was $95,114. Males had a median income of $61,271 versus $39,835 for females. The per capita income for the township was $35,349. About 1.6% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.
Wayne was home to the Toys "R" Us United States corporate headquarters, but the firm filed for U.S. bankruptcy in September 2017 and ceased to operate as an independent, publicly-traded firm. Brands associated with the former toy-retailer firm were acquired by Tru Kids. Wayne continues to host the headquarters of the Valley Bank (formerly Valley National Bank) corporate headquarters. JVC has their US office in Wayne and employ approximately 19,040.
Willowbrook Mall is a two-level indoor shopping mall in the township, the fourth-largest mall in the state, featuring 200 retail establishments and a gross leasable area (GLA) of 1,514,000 square feet (140,700 m2). The Willowbrook Mall went through a recent renovation in 2018-2019 that saw new new flooring, lighting, seating and a few new restaurants added. Sears was closed and a Sears Tire Center was demolished; a 12-screen state-of-the-art Cinemark movie theater was built in its place. Adjacent to it is the Wayne Towne Center regional shopping center, which features a movie theater under the AMC brand.
Wayne Today is a local weekly magazine.
Wayne is the home of the 1970 Little League World Series Champions. The Preakness Stakes, a race in the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, was named after a race horse from Wayne's Preakness Stud, who won the Dinner-Stakes race at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, sponsored by the Maryland Jockey Club on October 25, 1870.
Wayne is home to the Ice Vault ice rink, where world-class figure skaters such as Johnny Weir and Stéphane Lambiel train and 1992 Olympic figure skating gold medalist Viktor Petrenko coaches. The rink is also home to hockey teams such as the New Jersey Bandits, the New Jersey Hitmen and the William Paterson University ice hockey team.
Wayne is governed under the Mayor-Council plan F system of municipal government under the Faulkner Act, as implemented on January 1, 1962, by direct petition. The township is one of 71 municipalities (of the 565) statewide that use this form of government. The governing body is comprised of the Mayor and the Township Council. The mayor is elected directly by the voters to serve a four-year term. The Township Council, which forms the legislative branch of the township government, is comprised of nine members elected to four-year terms of office, of which three council members are elected at-large and one member is elected from each of six wards. All members of the governing body are chosen on a partisan basis as part of the November general election in odd-numbered years, with the six ward seats up for election together and two years later the three at-large seats and the mayoral seat all up for vote.
As of 2020[update], Wayne's mayor is Republican Christopher P. Vergano, whose term of office ends December 31, 2021. Members of the Township Council are Jonathan Ettman (R, 2023; Ward 6), Richard Jasterzbski (R, 2023; Ward 1), Franco Mazzei (R, 2023; Ward 3), Francine Ritter (D, 2023; Ward 5), Al Sadowski (R, 2023; Ward 2), Jill M. Sasso (R, 2021; at-large), Joseph G. Schweighardt (R, 2021; at-large), Joseph Scuralli (R, 2023; Ward 4) and David Varano (R, 2021; at-large).
In 2018, the township had an average property tax bill of $12,559, the highest in the county, compared to an average bill of $8,767 statewide.
The Township's Police Department consists of 112 sworn officers and is led by Chief James Clarke.
Federal, state and county representation
Wayne is located in the 11th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 40th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Wayne had been part of the 8th 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.
For the 116th United States Congress, New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Mikie Sherrill (D, Montclair). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (Paramus, term ends 2025).
For the 2020–2021 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 40th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Kristin Corrado (R, Totowa) and in the General Assembly by Christopher DePhillips (R, Wyckoff) and Kevin J. Rooney (R, Wyckoff).
Passaic County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected at-large to staggered three-year terms office on a partisan basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle. At a reorganization meeting held in January, the board selects a Director and Deputy Director from among its members to serve for a one-year term. As of 2017[update], Passaic County's Freeholders are Director Cassandra "Sandi" Lazzara (D, 2018; Woodland Park), Deputy Director Bruce James (D, 2017; Clifton), Assad R. Akhter (D, 2018 - appointed to serve an unexpired term; Paterson), John W. Bartlett (D, 2018; Wayne), Theodore O. Best Jr. (D, 2017; Paterson), Terry Duffy (D, 2019; West Milford), and Pasquale "Pat" Lepore (D, 2019; Woodland Park). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Kristin M. Corrado (R, 2019; Totowa), Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik (D, 2019; Little Falls) and Surrogate Bernice Toledo (D, 2021; Prospect Park).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 35,661 registered voters in Wayne, of which 8,538 (23.9% vs. 31.0% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 11,180 (31.4% vs. 18.7%) were registered as Republicans and 15,933 (44.7% vs. 50.3%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 10 voters registered to other parties. Among the township's 2010 Census population, 65.2% (vs. 53.2% in Passaic County) were registered to vote, including 83.5% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 70.8% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 54.8% of the vote (13,983 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 44.2% (11,283 votes), and other candidates with 1.0% (243 votes), among the 25,709 ballots cast by the township's 37,431 registered voters (200 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 68.7%. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 14,803 votes (53.9% vs. 37.7% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 11,853 votes (43.1% vs. 58.8%) and other candidates with 265 votes (1.0% vs. 0.8%), among the 27,486 ballots cast by the township's 36,386 registered voters, for a turnout of 75.5% (vs. 70.4% in Passaic County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 15,013 votes (54.9% vs. 42.7% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 11,582 votes (42.4% vs. 53.9%) and other candidates with 190 votes (0.7% vs. 0.7%), among the 27,331 ballots cast by the township's 35,463 registered voters, for a turnout of 77.1% (vs. 69.3% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 66.2% of the vote (10,824 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 32.8% (5,364 votes), and other candidates with 1.0% (168 votes), among the 16,595 ballots cast by the township's 37,825 registered voters (239 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 43.9%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 10,246 votes (57.1% vs. 43.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 6,623 votes (36.9% vs. 50.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 769 votes (4.3% vs. 3.8%) and other candidates with 101 votes (0.6% vs. 0.9%), among the 17,930 ballots cast by the township's 35,321 registered voters, yielding a 50.8% turnout (vs. 42.7% in the county).
The Wayne Public Schools serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of 14 schools, had an enrollment of 7,895 students and 666.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.8:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Randall Carter Elementary School (334 students; in grades K-5), Theunis Dey Elementary School (437; PreK-5), James Fallon Elementary School (381; K-5), John F. Kennedy Elementary School (416; K-5), Lafayette Elementary School (301; K-5), Packanack Elementary School (441; PreK-5), Pines Lake Elementary School (380; PreK-5), Ryerson Elementary School (273; K-5), Albert P. Terhune Elementary School (399; PreK-5), Schuyler-Colfax Middle School (693; 6–8), George Washington Middle School (653; 6–8), Anthony Wayne Middle School (555; 6–8), Wayne Hills High School (1,285; 9-12 - for students living on and north of Ratzer Road) and Wayne Valley High School (1,250; 9-12 - for students living south of Ratzer Road).
Passaic County Technical Institute is a regional vocational public high school that serves students from Passaic County. In 2018 PCTI inaugurated a new building specifically for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, recognized in 2007 by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, serves students in K-8 and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Academy Catholic School and DePaul Catholic High School serves students in grades 9-12, both operating under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson.
Al-Ghazaly High School, an Islamic high school for students in seventh through twelfth grades, opened at a new facility in Wayne in September 2013, relocating from a site in Teaneck, where the school had been based since 1984.
Passaic County Community College's Public Safety Academy (PSA) on Oldham Road offers training and facilities for fire fighting and emergency medical personnel. Adjacent to it is the Passaic County Police Academy, where police recruits and alternate route candidates are given basic police training.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the township had a total of 229.48 miles (369.31 km) of roadways, of which 180.59 miles (290.63 km) were maintained by the municipality, 41.05 miles (66.06 km) by Passaic County and 7.84 miles (12.62 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Wayne is served by NJ Transit at the Mountain View and Wayne Route 23 stations, offering service to Hoboken Terminal, with connections to Midtown Direct trains to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan on the Montclair-Boonton Line. Wayne-Route 23 station opened in January 2008 and offers train service via the Montclair-Boonton Line. There is regular bus service into the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 194 Newfoundland-New York route and the 198 William Paterson University-New York route on weekends, with local service on the 748 Paterson-Willowbrook route (except Sunday).
NJ Transit provides bus service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 191, 193, 194, 195 and 324; to Newark on the 11 and 28 (Saturday and Sunday only) routes, with local service provided on the 873, 704, 705, 712, 744, 748, 970 and 971 routes. In September 2012, as part of budget cuts, NJ Transit suspended service to Newark on the 75 line.
In popular culture
The indie rock band Fountains of Wayne took their name from a lawn ornament store that was located in the township on the westbound side of U.S. Route 46, though no members of the band are from the town. The store is now out of business. The same store was featured in an episode of HBO's The Sopranos, along with several other locations in Wayne.
Evergreen trees from Wayne have been selected to serve as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City in 1998, 2001, 2005 and 2006. The 2005 tree, a Norway Spruce that stood 74 feet (23 m) tall and weighed 9 short tons (8,200 kg), with a spread of 42 feet (13 m) wide, was one of the largest trees ever installed at Rockefeller Center.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Wayne include:
- David Ackroyd (born 1940), actor, who first came to prominence in soap operas such as The Secret Storm and Another World.
- Marina Alex (born 1990), professional golfer.
- Ann Althouse (born 1951), law professor and blogger.
- Bill Brennan, former firefighter, lawyer, gadfly and activist.
- Joseph Bubba (born 1938), politician who served for five terms in the New Jersey Senate, from 1982 to 1998.
- Peter Cammarano (born 1977), 37th Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, serving from July 1 until July 31, 2009, resigning shortly after his arrest in the conspiracy probe known as Operation Bid Rig.
- Chris Carter (born 1959), founding member and bass player of the alternative rock band Dramarama.
- Mike Chlasciak (born 1971), guitarist for heavy metal band Halford.
- Jay Della Valle (born 1979), filmmaker, singer and songwriter.
- Cecil B. DeMille (1881–1959), film director, producer (The Ten Commandments).
- Nickolette Driesse (born 1994), soccer midfielder who plays for Orlando Pride of National Women's Soccer League.
- Lou Duva (born 1922), Hall of Fame boxing trainer and manager.
- John Easdale (born 1961), lead singer and songwriter for the alternative rock band Dramarama.
- Lisa Edelstein (born 1966), American actress known for her role as Dr. Lisa Cuddy on the television drama House. Currently stars in the television show Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce.
- Theodore Ellenis, keyboard player for the alternative rock band Dramarama.
- Mark Englert, guitarist for the alternative rock band Dramarama.
- Lou Esa (born 1952), former professional heavyweight boxer.
- Jesse Farbman, drummer for the alternative rock band Dramarama.
- Jazmine Fenlator (born 1985), bobsledder who was one of three pilots of the U.S. Olympic Bobsled team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
- John A. Ferraro (1946–2010), actor, television director and stage director.
- Alice Guy-Blaché (1873–1968), French pioneer, first female filmmaker.
- Paulie Harraka (born 1989), stock car racing driver.
- Daniel Im (born 1985), professional golfer.
- Brandon Jacobs (born 1982), running back who played for the New York Giants.
- Jonathan Lebed (born 1984), stock trader prosecuted by the SEC at age 15 for stock manipulation.
- Felicia Lee (born 1992), competition swimmer who has been a member of the U.S. National Team.
- Barry Littlefield (1871–1936), thoroughbred racehorse trainer inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
- Tom Longo (1942–2015), defensive back who played three seasons in the National Football League with the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.
- Ronny Machuga, drummer for the alternative rock band Dramarama.
- Marc Maron (born 1963), stand-up comedian, podcaster, writer and actor.
- Pellegrino Matarazzo (born 1977), soccer coach.
- Gene Mayer (born 1956), former tennis player from the United States who won fourteen singles titles during his career. At Wayne Valley, he went unbeaten in his two years on the tennis team.
- Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels (born 1964), American musician and hip hop artist (Run-D.M.C.).
- Bryan Miller (born 1983), retired professional ice hockey defenseman.
- Pete Muller, hedge fund manager and quantitative trader who founded PDT Partners in 1993 as part of Morgan Stanley's trading division.
- Ryan Neill (born 1982), football long snapper and defensive end for the Buffalo Bills.
- Greg Olsen (born 1985), tight end for the Carolina Panthers.
- Jessielyn Palumbo (born 1992), Miss New Jersey USA 2016, competed at MISS USA 2016 on FOX.
- Chris Pantale (born 1990), tight end for the New York Jets.
- Sam Porcello (c.1936–2012), food scientist who developed the Oreo cookie filling.
- Queen Latifah (born 1970), singer and actress.
- Storm Queen (stage name of Morgan Geist), DJ who released the single "Look Right Through" which topped the charts in the UK and Ireland in 2013.
- Ryan Quigley (born 1990), punter for the New York Jets.
- Norman M. Robertson (born 1951), Republican Party politician and attorney who served a single term in the New Jersey Senate, from 1998 to 2002.
- Robert A. Roe (1924–2014), former member of the United States House of Representatives who served as mayor of Wayne from 1956 to 1961.
- Scott Rumana (born 1964), member of the New Jersey General Assembly, former mayor of Wayne (2002–2007) and councilman.
- Cynthia Paige Simon (born 1970), visually impaired retired Paralympic judoka who competed in international level events.
- Danielle Staub (born 1962), cast member on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
- Major General Guy C. Swan III (born 1954), commanding general of the United States Army North.
- Holly Taylor (born 1997), actress and dancer who performed in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot the Musical as Sharon Percy (Ballet Girl) and plays the role of Paige Jennings in the FX television series The Americans.
- Albert Payson Terhune (1872–1942), author, dog breeder.
- David Tyree (born 1980), wide receiver for the New York Giants and a 2005 Pro Bowl selection.
- Kathy Wakile (born 1965), cast member on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
- Louise Currie Wilmot (born 1942), retired United States Navy Rear Admiral who was the first woman to command a United States Naval base and was the highest ranking female Naval officer at the time of her retirement.
- Vikki Ziegler (born c. 1972, class of 1990), lawyer and author who was the focus of the reality television show Untying the Knot.
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- Tyrangiel, Josh. "The Rise Of Mom's Boys", Time (magazine), December 22, 2003. Accessed August 25, 2007. "What drove Fountains of Wayne to Stacy's Mom was the usual soul-killing nightmare of the music industry. Schlesinger and Collingwood, both 36, met as undergraduates at Williams College and soon after started Fountains of Wayne (named after a lawn-ornament store near Schlesinger's New Jersey home), adding bassist Jody Porter and drummer Brian Young along the way."
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- Fallon, Scott. "Hoboken mayor had fast rise to top", The Record, July 23, 2009. Accessed October 22, 2015. "Born in Wayne, Cammarano graduated from Boston University and received a law degree from Seton Hall in 2002."
- Boehm, Mike. "O.C. Pop Music Review Dramarama's in Crisis Mode, but Who Can Tell? Coach House performances, which may have been the veteran band's last shows, are intense.", Los Angeles Times, January 10, 1994. Accessed April 26, 2013. "Should he stick with old buddies (everyone in Dramarama except drummer Clem Burke grew up together in Wayne, N.J.) or, in this era in which packaging can matter more than substance, should he opt for a gleaming new box labeled with those market-friendly words, 'new and improved?'"
- Aberback, Brian. "New album creates buzz as Van Halen, with Roth, comes to Garden", The Record, February 26, 2012. Accessed October 22, 2015. "'He's one of the greatest frontmen of all time,' said Wayne resident and guitarist 'Metal' Mike Chlasciak."
- Winters, Debra. "Indie film continues production", Wayne Today, February 4, 2010. Accessed February 21, 2011. "For Jay Della Valle and Chris Beatty, shooting films in Wayne is a no-brainer. Having grown up in the township of 55,000 this movie-making duo appreciates the vibrancy that their hometown offers and understands the importance of keeping it real."
- Stiansen, Lauara Adams. "Wayne native Nickolette Driesse gets her kicks on Orlando's professional women's soccer team", The Record, September 12, 2017. Accessed October 8, 2017.
- Staff. "Keith Idec's boxing index", The Record, March 18, 201. Accessed March 31, 2011. "Duva, a Wayne resident who trained and/or managed numerous world champions, was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1998."
- Vaughan, Bonnia. "Small-Screen Gem; Lisa Edelstein – The actress talks about her role on Relativity", Entertainment Weekly, October 6, 2008. Accessed March 31, 2011. "Thanks to Relativity – and her role as lovelorn lesbian Rhonda – the Wayne, N.J., native has another opportunity to set a strong example."
- Lou Esa, New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. Accessed May 18, 2020. "Birthplace: Wayne, New Jersey, USA"
- Sullivan, Tara. "Olympics: Wayne's Jazmine Fenlator finishes 11th in women's bobsled", The Record, February 19, 2014. Accessed October 22, 2015. "Fenlator, who starred in track and field at Wayne Valley High School and Rider University, has often referred to the group of teammates as a 'wolfpack' on Twitter, a credit to their camaraderie and unity."
- Staff. "Passings: Dick Hoerner, L.A. Rams fullback, dies at 88; John A. Ferraro, actor, director and USC teacher, dies at 64", Los Angeles Times, December 19, 2010. Accessed June 5, 2012. "Ferraro was born April 5, 1946, in Paterson, N.J., and grew up in Wayne, N.J."
- Kuperinsky, Amy. "N.J.'s Alice Guy-Blache, the first female movie mogul, made millions in the 1910s. Why was she forgotten?", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, April 27, 2019, updated May 1, 2019. Accessed May 18, 2020. "Guy-Blaché returned to New Jersey at the end of her life, living in Wayne. She struggled to find a home for her memoir, but it was published posthumously."
- Keating, Peter. "The new investment vehicle: Young drivers can no longer break into the NASCAR scene on talent alone", ESPN The Magazine, March 21, 2012. Accessed June 5, 2012. "But one smart racer, 22-year-old Paulie Harraka, out of Wayne, N.J., has a plan to fund adroit drivers, whatever their economic standing. Harraka talks a mile a minute, thinks faster than he talks, and drives faster than he thinks."
- Daniel Im, CBS Sports. Accessed May 18, 2020. "Birthplace: Wayne, United States"
- Branch, John. "Jacobs Is a Bull of a Runner and a Teddy Bear of a Father", The New York Times, January 6, 2008. Accessed October 22, 2015. "'It was worth every yard and every penny,' Brandon Jacobs said Thursday as he sat at his kitchen table in Wayne, N.J."
- Morley, Hugh R. "Texas company seeks to get a receiver appointed to run the Wayne company of former schoolboy stockpicker Lebed", The Record, November 15, 2010. Accessed October 22, 2015. "Jonathan Lebed, who at the age of 15 was the youngest person ever targeted by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, is facing a creditor's challenge for control of his penny-stock promotion company. A Texas company that two years ago won a $2.56 million judgment against Lebed, now 26, of Wayne, has asked a federal judge to appoint a receiver to Lebed's company, Lebed Biz LLC, to protect its assets."
- "Olympic Hopefuls: Felicia Lee", The Brian Lehrer Show, March 2, 2012. Accessed November 27, 2017. "Swimmer Felicia Lee talks about following her Olympic dream from Wayne, NJ, to Stanford, and then to London if she makes the team."
- B.T. (Barry) Littlefield, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Accessed October 22, 2015. "Barry, who was born in Preakness, N.J., on June 16, 1871, was one of nine children of Charles Littlefield and his wife Adelia Sleeper, a native of Belleville, Ont."
- Hague, Jim. "Obit: Ex-Giant Tom Longo dies, 73", The Record, July 3, 2015. Accessed April 15, 2017. "Tom Longo, the former Lyndhurst High School great who went on to have a fine career at Notre Dame and later played in the NFL with the Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, died Thursday in a hospice near his home in Wayne after a two-year-long battle with cancer."
- Levin, Eric. "Comedian Marc Maron: The Stand-Up Notables Sit Down With; Marc Maron's must-hear podcast leads to a book and TV series.", New Jersey Monthly, June 14, 2013. Accessed October 10, 2017. "New Jersey Monthly: Before your family moved to Albuquerque, you spent your first six years in Wayne. How Jersey do you feel? Marc Maron: I do feel attached to the place."
- "Pellegrino Matarazzo Promoted to Assistant At TSG Hoffenheim; Matarazzo will coach in the highest league in German soccer.", Columbia Lions men's soccer, January 17, 2018. Accessed May 18, 2020. "Pellegrino Matarazzo has been at TSG Hoffenheim since July of last year, after arriving from a successful spell working with 1. FC Nürnberg's academy. Matarazzo, who was born in Wayne, New Jersey, and holds both American and Italian citizenship, got to know Julian Nagelsmann at the DFB's 62nd football coaching course."
- "Vilas Extended by Mayer", The New York Times, February 13, 1977. Accessed December 10, 2007. "Guillermo Vilas, the Argentine left hander, had unexpectedly strong opposition, but ousted young Gene Mayer of Wayne, N.J., 7-6, 7–6, 6–1, in the semifinals of the $50,000 Springfield International, a Grand Prix tennis tournament."
- Lustig, Jay. "Run-DMC hip-hops into Rock's Hall of Fame", The Star-Ledger, January 15, 2009. Accessed October 22, 2015. "'People didn't look at rap as a legit part of music,' said McDaniels, a New York City native who now lives in Wayne. 'They thought it wasn't original, it wasn't creative. But people don't understand: we write, produce and arrange songs the same way any other songwriter would.'"
- Bryan Miller, NHL.com. Accessed October 22, 2015.
- Staff. "This crossword puzzle writer and poker champ generating 20% returns; Peter Muller founded Morgan Stanley's successful PDT quant unit; dubbed 'brilliant' by Clifford Asness", InvestmentNews, July 7, 2011. Accessed July 21, 2017. "The family moved into a shingled ranch house in the New Jersey suburb of Wayne, 21 miles (34 kilometers) west of New York."
- Domingo, Odeen. "Rutgers' Neill gets his bowl game", USA Today, December 27, 2005. Accessed March 31, 2011. "When he started making his own mark on the field, Neill was a star who gave Schiano's first recruiting class legitimacy, at a time when you couldn't find a Rutgers hat in the stores of Neill's hometown of Wayne, N.J., an hour's drive from campus."
- Biggs, Brad. "Aromashodu says coaches can't expect everyone to be perfect: Receiver adds coaches sometimes call the wrong plays", Chicago Tribune, September 29, 2010. Accessed March 31, 2011. "Tight end Greg Olsen, who grew up in Wayne, N.J., not far from New Meadowlands Stadium, will be playing near home for the first time since high school."
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- Jessielyn Palumbo, Miss Universe Organization. Accessed July 9, 2016. "Jessielyn is a resident of Wayne, where she grew up. She graduated with honors from Wayne Hills High School in 2010 & Cum Laude from The College of New Jersey in 2014."
- Fensom, Michael J. "Jets Four Downs with Ryan Quigley: 'You can say we're like golfers'", The Star-Ledger, December 1, 2013. Accessed December 13, 2013. "[Q] You live with tight end Chris Pantale and his family in Wayne.... [A] He found out Tuesday night. It was awesome. His family is so happy for him. His sister is in college so I use her room."
- Staff. "Sam J. Porcello Obituary", The Star-Ledger, May 14, 2012. Accessed August 22, 2014. "Sam was born and raised in Newark, N.J., and lived in Wayne, N.J., before moving to Toms River in 1974.
- Queen Latifah, Gale Cengage. Accessed January 16, 2012. "Although she found it necessary to live much of the year in Los Angeles during the taping of the show, Latifah maintained a home in Wayne, New Jersey, and never ceased to consider New Jersey her home."
- Romano, Tricia. "Electro-Shock Techno Jock Morgan Geist Gives Clubland a Jolt", The Village Voice, March 5, 2002. Accessed November 16, 2013. "When he was growing up in Wayne, New Jersey, Geist's initial exposure to dance music was limited to the odd track like Kevin Saunderson's 'Big Fun' and 'Good Life.'"
- Staff. "Storm Queen debuts at number one", Belfast Telegraph, November 10, 2013. Accessed November 16, 2013. "Storm Queen - aka Statesider Morgan Geist - was among a trio of new entries in the singles top 10, with former X Factor winners Little Mix and seasoned pop star Britney Spears - with her 22nd top 10 track - also dropping records."
- Woo, Stu. "NFL Players Living With Mom and DadFootball Parents House Their Son and Take In the Team's Punter Too", The Wall Street Journal, December 13, 2013. Accessed October 22, 2015. "Wayne, N.J.... This used to be Alana Pantale's room, but she's at college now. So her family is loaning the space to New York Jets punter Ryan Quigley."
- Cowen, Richard. "Bergen Republicans pick DiGaetano in 40th District", The Record, March 23, 2017. Accessed March 24, 2017. For the two assembly seats in the 40th District, the county committee endorsed DiGaetano's running mate, Norm Robertson of Wayne. It also gave the nod to Christopher DePhillips for the other assembly seat."
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- Jackson, Herb. "Former Rep. Robert Roe, longtime congressman from Passaic County, dies at age 90", The Record, July 15, 2014. Accessed July 16, 2014.
- Republican Whip Scott T. Rumana, New Jersey Assembly Republicans. Accessed October 22, 2015. "Rumana graduated from Hartwick College in 1987 with a B.A. in Management, and from New York Law School in 1991. He served on the Wayne Township Council from 1994–1997."
- Cindy Simon, Team USA. Accessed June 22, 2020. "Current Residence: Wayne, NJ"
- Hyman, Vicki. "'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Danielle Staub's home on the market, bidet, tanning bed and all", The Star-Ledger, June 14, 2010. Accessed March 31, 2011. "Coldwell Banker agent Bob Lindsay got the listing through the courts. The Tudor-style house, in the tony Horizon Heights section of Wayne, is more than 3,000 square feet, with a two-story entry foyer and mirror staircases, a billiard room with wet bar, a pool and cabana, a gym and the requisite in-house tanning room."
- Barry, Jan. "Army general from Wayne had key role at Ford funeral", The Record, January 1, 2007. Accessed July 28, 2016. "Swan, who grew up in Wayne, was the military escort for Betty Ford at the funeral ceremonies in California and in the nation's capital, where he is the commander of the Military District of Washington. Swan's widely televised role as Mrs. Ford's escort set off a buzz among former neighbors in the Pines Lake section where he grew up and among Wayne Hills High School classmates."
- Ung, Elisa. "Wayne teenager now a big part of The Americans", The Record, January 28, 2015. Accessed January 28, 2015. "As The Americans begins its third season tonight, the teenage character played by actress Holly Taylor will become a major focus of the critically acclaimed FX drama. But at Wayne Hills High School, Taylor is no big deal — just a petite 17-year-old junior who juggles honors English, AP environmental science, psychology and art.... 'Those are definitely spy qualities,' the actress said in a recent interview in the rental apartment in Wayne where her family has lived since she was 2."
- via Associated Press. "Jersey Park Urged On Terhune Estate", The New York Times, April 14, 1966. Accessed June 22, 2020. "Wayne, N.J., April 13 (AP) Sunnybank, the home of the late Albert Payson Terhune made famous in his book, "Lad: A Dog", and other books, is unoccupied."
- "Albert P. Terhune, Noted Author, Dies; Writer of Stories About Dogs Stricken at Pompton Lakes – His Kennel Famous: Once Did Screen Work: Published 'Lad: A Dog,' First in Canine Series, in 1919 – Reporter on The World", The New York Times, February 19, 1942. Accessed June 22, 2020.
- Picker, David. "Montclair Celebrates One of Its Own", The New York Times, February 5, 2008. Accessed March 31, 2011. "That should not be difficult to arrange, since Tyree lives in nearby Wayne and has maintained close ties to the Montclair football program since departing in 1998 to begin his college career at Syracuse."
- Hubbard, Daniel. "'Housewives' Haven't Spoken To Each Other Since Filming Wrapped", WaynePatch, August 29, 2012. Accessed September 23, 2012. "Teresa Giudice has not spoken to any of the castmates, not even her brother Joe, sister-in-law Melissa Gorga, and cousin Kathy Wakile, of Wayne, since filming wrapped last year."
- Louise C. Wilmot Papers, 1918-1999 (bulk 1964-1997): Finding Aid, United States Naval Academy, October 2010. Accessed November 5, 2017. "Louise Currie Wilmot was born on December 31, 1942 in Wayne, New Jersey to Woodrow and Dorothy Currie."
- Winters, Debra. "Former Wayne, current Little Falls resident helps couples ‘Untie the Knot’ on Bravo", The Record, June 9, 2014, archived at VikkiZiegler.com. Accessed September 30, 2017. "The daughter of South African parents, Ziegler, 41, was born in New York City and relocated to Wayne in second grade. She lived in the Heritage Manor condominiums on Hamburg Turnpike before moving to the Pines Lake neighborhood."
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