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Saddle Brook, New Jersey
—  Township  —
Map highlighting Saddle Brook's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Saddle Brook, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°54′15″N 74°5′41″W / 40.90417°N 74.09472°W / 40.90417; -74.09472Coordinates: 40°54′15″N 74°5′41″W / 40.90417°N 74.09472°W / 40.90417; -74.09472
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated March 20, 1716 as Saddle River Township
Renamed November 8, 1955 as Saddle Brook Township
Government [1]
 - Type Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)
 - Mayor Louis V. D'Arminio (D)
 - Administrator Robert Elia
Area
 - Total 2.7 sq mi (7.1 km2)
 - Land 2.7 sq mi (7.1 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation [2] 49 ft (15 m)
Population (2008)[3]
 - Total 13,929
 - Density 4,830.8/sq mi (1,865.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07663 (used to be 07662)
Area code(s) 201,973
FIPS code 34-65340[4][5]
GNIS feature ID 1729721[6]
Website http://www.saddlebrooknj.us

Saddle Brook is a township in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 13,155.

Saddle Brook adopted its current name on November 8, 1955, replacing Saddle River Township.[7] Saddle River Township was created on March 20, 1716, and consisted of all of the territory in Bergen County west of the Saddle River.[7] This makes it one of the oldest municipalities in Bergen County.

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Geography

Saddle Brook is located at 40°54′15″N 74°05′41″W / 40.904131°N 74.094742°W / 40.904131; -74.094742 (40.904131, -74.094742).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.1 km2), of which, 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) of it is land and 0.37% is water.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 306
1910 473 54.6%
1920 819 73.2%
1930 2,424 196.0%
1940 3,169 30.7%
1950 7,955 151.0%
1960 13,834 73.9%
1970 15,975 15.5%
1980 14,084 −11.8%
1990 13,296 −5.6%
2000 13,155 −1.1%
Est. 2008 13,929 [3] 5.9%
Population 1900 - 1990[9][10]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 13,155 people, 5,062 households, and 3,578 families residing in the township. The population density was 4,830.8 people per square mile (1,867.3/km2). There were 5,161 housing units at an average density of 1,895.2/sq mi (732.6/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 90.73% White, 1.39% African American, 0.04% Native American, 4.74% Asian, 1.70% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.27% of the population.

There were 5,062 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the Township the population was spread out with 20.2% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $63,545, and the median income for a family was $73,205. Males had a median income of $49,834 versus $34,542 for females. The per capita income for the township was $27,561. About 1.4% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.

Government

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Local government

Saddle Brook operates under the Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council) system of municipal government, and is governed by a Mayor and a five-member Township Council. Members of the Township Council are elected at-large in partisan elections to four-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with two or three seats up for election in even years.[1]

The Mayor of Saddle Brook is Louis V. D'Arminio (D), whose term of office ends on December 31, 2010. Members of the Saddle Brook Township Council Anthony Halko (R), Edward F. Kugler (D), Florence Mazzer (D), and Joseph Setticase (D).[11][12]

Federal, state and county representation

Saddle Brook is in the Ninth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 38th Legislative District.[13]

New Jersey's Ninth Congressional District, covering the southern portion of Bergen County and sections of Hudson County and Passaic County, is represented by Steve Rothman (D, Fair Lawn). 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 38th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Robert M. Gordon (D, Fair Lawn) and in the Assembly by Joan Voss (D, Fort Lee) and Connie Wagner (D, Paramus).[14] The Governor of New Jersey is Jon Corzine (D, Hoboken).[15]

Bergen County's County Executive is Dennis McNerney (D).[16] The executive, along with the seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders administer all county business. As of 2008, Bergen County's Freeholders are Chairman James M. Carroll (D, Demarest), Vice-Chairwoman Julie O'Brien (D, Ramsey), Elizabeth Calabrese (D, Wallington), David L. Ganz (D, Fair Lawn), Bernadette P. McPherson (D, Rutherford), Tomas J. Padilla (D, Park Ridge) and Vernon Walton (D, Englewood).[17]

Other countywide elected officials are Sheriff Leo McGuire (D), Surrogate Court Judge Mike Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford).[18]

Politics

As of April 1, 2006, out of a 2004 Census estimated population of 13,236 in Saddle Brook, there were 8,013 registered voters (60.5% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Of registered voters, 1,701 (21.2% vs. 20.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,507 (18.8% vs. 19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans and 4,802 (59.9% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared. There were three voters registered to other parties.[19]

On the national level, Saddle Brook leans towards the Republican Party. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received around 56% of the vote here, defeating Democrat John Kerry, who received 43%.[20]

Transportation

Saddle Brook is intersected by the Garden State Parkway (Exit 159), Interstate 80 (Exit 62), and U.S. Route 46. In addition, Route 4 and Route 17 are within a quarter mile of its border. Two toll gates are located in the township, with one toll gate on the northbound lanes of the parkway (just north of Exit 159), and the other toll gate used at the interchange for Exit 159.

There is a New Jersey Transit rail station named Plauderville on the Bergen County Line in the township's southwest corner.

New Jersey Transit bus service is offered to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 144, 145, 148, 160, 161 and 164 routes; and to other New Jersey communities served on the 707, 712 and 758 routes.[21]

Saddle Brook Television Station

From 1999 to January 1, 2009, Saddle Brook had a Public access station with news bulletins (channel 77 on cablevision and channels 38 and 39 on Verizon FiOS). This station was called SBC-TV. This public access channel was created in 1999 after Hurricane Floyd hit Saddle Brook in September 1999 so the town would have a way of receiving alerts. This station was shut down because of this station was not included in the budget for 2009. This station is run under the Office of Emergency Management. This station now doesn't have general news bulletins. It only has news bulletins from the police and fire departments, the Municipal Building, and the Office of Emergency Management. This station also shows text crawls and news bulletins of emergency alerts. [22]

Education

The Saddle Brook Public Schools serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2007-08 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[23]) are three K-6 elementary schools — Franklin (264 students), Long School (311 students) and Helen I. Smith (355 students) — Washington School, which houses a number of the district's early intervention special education programs (24 students) and Saddle Brook High School, a grade 7-12 middle/high school (804 students). Student population has gone up slightly over the past seven years, with a 2007-08 population over 1,700 total students.

Notable residents

Noted current and former residents of Saddle Brook include:

  • Gary Brolsma (born 1986), Internet sensation and creator of the original Numa Numa Dance.[24]
  • Howard Schuman - Track and Field Hall of Fame.

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. 160.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Township of Saddle Brook, Geographic Names Information System, accessed December 27, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Census data for Saddle Brook, United States Census Bureau. Accessed August 27, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  5. ^ A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  7. ^ a b "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 86.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  9. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  10. ^ Bergen County Census Data, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed December 23, 2007.
  11. ^ Government Officials, Saddle Brook Township. Accessed September 24, 2008.
  12. ^ "County of Bergen: 2008 County and Municipal Directory", Bergen County, New Jersey, p. 63.
  13. ^ 2008 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 55. Accessed September 30, 2009.
  14. ^ Legislative Roster: 2008-2009 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed June 6, 2008.
  15. ^ "About the Governor". New Jersey. http://www.nj.gov/governor/about/. Retrieved 6 June 2008.  
  16. ^ Bergen County Executive, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 11, 2009.
  17. ^ Freeholder Home Page, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 11, 2009.
  18. ^ Constitutional Officers, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 11, 2009.
  19. ^ "County of Bergen: Voter Statistics by Municipality, Ward & District," dated April 1, 2006.
  20. ^ 2004 Presidential Election results: Bergen County, New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety - Division of Elections, dated December 13, 2004.
  21. ^ Routes by County: Bergen County, New Jersey Transit. Accessed August 8, 2008.
  22. ^ http://www.saddlebrooktv.com/
  23. ^ Data for the Saddle Brook Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed May 10, 2008.
  24. ^ Feuer, Alan; and George, Jason. "Internet Fame Is Cruel Mistress for a Dancer of the Numa Numa". The New York Times, February 26, 2005. Accessed July 23, 2007. "Mr. Brolsma, a pudgy guy from Saddle Brook, made a video of himself this fall performing a lip-synced version of 'Dragostea Din Tei,' a Romanian pop tune, which roughly translates to 'Love From the Linden Trees.'

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