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Bedminster Township, New Jersey
—  Township  —
Map of Bedminster Township in Somerset County
Coordinates: 40°40′3″N 74°39′20″W / 40.6675°N 74.65556°W / 40.6675; -74.65556
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Somerset
Royal Charter April 4, 1749
Incorporated February 21, 1798
Government [1]
 - Type Township (New Jersey)
 - Mayor Robert F. Holtaway
 - Administrator Susan S. Stanbury[2]
Area
 - Total 26.5 sq mi (68.6 km2)
 - Land 26.5 sq mi (68.6 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation [3] 213 ft (65 m)
Population (2006)[4]
 - Total 8,449
 - Density 313.6/sq mi (121.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07921
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 34-04450[5][6]
GNIS feature ID 0882176[7]
Website http://www.bedminster.us

Bedminster Township is a Township in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 8,302.

Bedminster Township was created by Royal Charter on April 4, 1749, from portions of the Northern precinct. It was formally incorporated by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Portions of the township were taken on March 28, 1912, to form Peapack-Gladstone.[8] The village of Pluckemin is also part of the township as is part of Pottersville. It is bordered on the north by Chester Township and on the northeast by Peapack-Gladstone.

Bedminster was the corporate headquarters of AT&T, prior to its merger with SBC Communications (the combined company is now known as AT&T Inc.). AT&T's Global Network Operations Center is currently located in Bedminister. It was also the corporate headquarters for Verizon Wireless before it was relocated to nearby Basking Ridge in 2006.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 26.5 square miles (68.6 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1930 1,374
1940 1,606 16.9%
1950 1,613 0.4%
1960 2,322 44.0%
1970 2,597 11.8%
1980 2,469 −4.9%
1990 7,086 187.0%
2000 8,302 17.2%
Est. 2006 8,449 [4] 1.8%
Population 1930 - 1990.[9]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 8,302 people, 4,235 households, and 2,100 families residing in the township. The population density was 313.6 people per square mile (121.1/km²). There were 4,467 housing units at an average density of 168.7/sq mi (65.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 90.05% White, 1.75% African American, 0.11% Native American, 6.41% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.83% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.84% of the population.

There were 4,235 households out of which 20.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.4% were non-families. 44.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.96 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the township the population was spread out with 17.8% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 40.3% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 85.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $71,550, and the median income for a family was $96,890. Males had a median income of $71,136 versus $48,589 for females. The per capita income for the township was $53,549. About 1.9% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

Government

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Local government

Bedminster Township is governed under the Township form of government with a five-member Township Committee. The Township Committee is elected directly by the voters in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year.[1] At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor.[10]

Members of the Bedminster Township Committee (with their term end dates listed) are Mayor Robert F. Holtaway (term ends December 31, 2009), Finn Caspersen, Jr. (2009), Jeanne Maass (2010), Bernie Pane (2010) and Sally Rubin (2011).[11]

Federal, state and county representation

Bedminster Township is in the Seventh Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 16th Legislative District.[12]

New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District, covering portions of Hunterdon County, Middlesex County, Somerset County and Union County, is represented by Leonard Lance (R, Clinton Township). New Jersey is represented in the Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

For the 2008-2009 Legislative Session, the 16th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R, Neshanic Station) and in the Assembly by Peter J. Biondi (R, Hillsborough Township) and Denise Coyle (R, Basking Ridge).[13] The Governor of New Jersey is Jon Corzine (D, Hoboken).[14]

Somerset County is governed by a five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose members are elected at-large to three-year terms on a staggered basis, with one or two elected each year. As of 2009, Somerset County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Rick Fontana (Bridgewater Township, 2009), Freeholder Deputy Director Jack Ciattarelli (Hillsborough Township, 2009), Peter S. Palmer (Bernardsville, term ends December 31, 2011),Patricia Walsh (Green Brook Township, 2010) and Robert Zaborowski (Franklin Township, 2011).[15]

Education

The Bedminster Township School District serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2005-06 school year, Bedminster Township Public School had an enrollment of 585 students.[16]

Public school students in grades 9-12 attend Bernards High School, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Somerset Hills Regional School District, a K - 12 district serving students from Bernardsville, Far Hills and Peapack-Gladstone.[17]

Points of interest

  • Natirar
  • The Jacobus Vanderveer House - a mid- 1700's refurbished home used by General Henry Knox during the Revolutionary War
  • [1] - Trump National Golf Course. A golf course owned by Donald Trump.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Bedminster Township include:

References

  1. ^ a b 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 77.
  2. ^ Administrator, Bedminster Township. Accessed December 20, 2007.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Township of Bedminster, Geographic Names Information System, accessed December 20, 2007.
  4. ^ a b Census data for Bedminster township, United States Census Bureau. Accessed August 25, 2007.
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  6. ^ A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.
  7. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  8. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 221.
  9. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  10. ^ Your Municipal Government, Bedminster Township. Accessed August 25, 2007.
  11. ^ 2007 Bedminster Township Committee, Bedminster Township. Accessed August 25, 2007.
  12. ^ League of Women Voters: 2006 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, p. 54, Accessed September 30, 2009
  13. ^ Legislative Roster: 2008-2009 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed June 6, 2008.
  14. ^ "About the Governor". New Jersey. http://www.nj.gov/governor/about/. Retrieved 6 June 2008.  
  15. ^ The Role of County Government: "What Is A Freeholder?", Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed May 23, 2009.
  16. ^ Data for the Bedminster Township Public School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 27, 2008.
  17. ^ Somerset County School Districts-Sending/Receiving/Regional, Somerset County Superintendent of Schools. Accessed April 27, 2008.
  18. ^ Festival celebrates the De Lorean, BBC News, May 24, 2001
  19. ^ Steve Forbes, The Washington Post, August 17, 1999
  20. ^ Sandomir, Richard. " The Jets Fill One Opening: New Owner at $635 Million", The New York Times, January 12, 2000. Accessed September 30, 2007. "Johnson, who is 52 years old, has homes in Manhattan and Bedminster, N.J."
  21. ^ WEDDINGS; Rhonda Norton, Thomas Kean Jr., The New York Times, November 13, 1994
  22. ^ James Linn, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed December 3, 2007.
  23. ^ John Van Dyke, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed September 1, 2007.
  24. ^ Martin, Douglas. "Ex-Senator Harrison A. Williams Jr., 81, Dies; Went to Prison Over Abscam Scandal", The New York Times, November 20, 2001. Accessed November 4, 2007. "Harrison A. Williams Jr., the Democratic senator from New Jersey who used his considerable power to further the interests of labor and education before being convicted of bribery and conspiracy in the Abscam scandal, died on Saturday. He was 81 and lived in Bedminster"

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Coordinates: 40°40′51″N 74°40′36″W / 40.68083°N 74.67667°W / 40.68083; -74.67667


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