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Saddle River, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Map highlighting Saddle River's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Saddle River, New Jersey
Coordinates: 41°1′35″N 74°5′55″W / 41.02639°N 74.09861°W / 41.02639; -74.09861Coordinates: 41°1′35″N 74°5′55″W / 41.02639°N 74.09861°W / 41.02639; -74.09861
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Bergen
 - Type Borough (New Jersey)
 - Mayor Samuel S. Raia (R, 2011)
 - Administrator Charles Cuccia[1]
 - Total 5.0 sq mi (12.9 km2)
 - Land 5.0 sq mi (12.9 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation [2] 135 ft (41 m)
Population (2006)[3]
 - Total 3,786
 - Density 642.6/sq mi (248.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07458
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 34-65400[4][5]
GNIS feature ID 0885384[6]

Saddle River is a Borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 3,201. Saddle River has the second-highest per-capita income in the state. Nationwide, Saddle River ranks 28th among the 100 highest-income places in the United States (with at least 1,000 households). Saddle River was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on November 22, 1894, from portions of Orvil Township, based on the results of a referendum held three days earlier, at the height of the Boroughitis phenomenon sweeping through Bergen County at the time.[7]

The borough is named after the Saddle River, which flows through the borough and is a tributary of the Passaic River.



Saddle River is located at 41°01′30″N 74°05′57″W / 41.025008°N 74.099057°W / 41.025008; -74.099057 (41.025008, -74.099057).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 5.0 square miles (12.9 km2).5.0 square miles (12.9 km2) of it is land and none is covered by water.

Saddle River is bounded by seven municipalities: the boroughs of Upper Saddle River, Woodcliff Lake, Hillsdale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Waldwick, Allendale, and a tiny portion of Washington Township.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 415
1910 483 16.4%
1920 506 4.8%
1930 657 29.8%
1940 816 24.2%
1950 1,003 22.9%
1960 1,776 77.1%
1970 2,437 37.2%
1980 2,763 13.4%
1990 2,950 6.8%
2000 3,201 8.5%
Est. 2007 3,784 [3] 18.2%
Population 1900 - 1990.[9][10]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,201 people, 1,118 households, and 926 families residing in the borough. The population density was 642.6 people per square mile (248.2/km2). There were 1,183 housing units at an average density of 237.5/sq mi (91.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 89.85% White, 0.75% African American, 7.15% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.81% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.56% of the population.

There were 1,118 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.6% were married couples living together, 3.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.1% were non-families. 14.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the borough the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 19.5% from 25 to 44, 32.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $134,289, and the median income for a family was $152,169. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $61,458 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $85,934. About 2.8% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.



Local government

Saddle River is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office and only votes to break a tie. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.[11]

The Mayor serves as Chief Executive Officer, is an Ex-officio member of all Municipal Committees and is the approving authority in the Borough of Saddle River. Mayoral appointments to the various boards and committees in the Borough are subject to confirmation by the Borough Council. Borough Council members serve on various operating committees and function in a liaison capacity to provide information and direction to the entire Governing Body.[12]

The Mayor of Saddle River is Samuel S. Raia (R, term ends December 31, 2011). Members of the Saddle River Borough Council are Maurice R. Burke (R, 2010, Karen M. Mastriano (R, 2010), John E. Murray (R, 2009) and Robert Re (R, 2009). Two vacancies were created on the council when Samuel Raia was elected as mayor.[13][14]

In elections held on November 6, 2007, voters filled an open mayoral seat and two seats on the borough council. Republicans ran unopposed for all three seats, with Councilmember Samuel S. Raia (549 votes) elected to a four-year term as mayor, and incumbent Maurice R. Burke (558) and running mate Karen M. Mastriano (529) elected to three-year terms on the borough council.[15][16]

On Election Day, November 7, 2006, voters filled two three-year seats on the Borough Council. As of Election Day, the council consisted entirely of Republicans, in a community in which registered Republicans outnumber Democrats by a 6-1 margin. Incumbent Republicans Robert Re (790 votes) and John E. Murray (780) defeated independents Bernd P. Hopp (510) and Michael S. Kelton (500), in an election that focused on attempts to require the capping of private wells in the Burning Hollow section due to the presence of suspected carcinogens in the well water and open space preservation.[17][18][19]

Federal, state and county representation

Saddle River is in the Fifth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 39th Legislative District.[20]

New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District, covering the northern portions of Bergen County, Passaic County and Sussex County and all of Warren County, is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage 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 39th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Gerald Cardinale (R, Demarest) and in the Assembly by John E. Rooney (R, Northvale) and Charlotte Vandervalk (R, Hillsdale).[21] The Governor of New Jersey is Jon Corzine (D, Hoboken).[22]

Bergen County's County Executive is Dennis McNerney (D).[23] 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).[24]

Other countywide elected officials are Sheriff Leo McGuire (D), Surrogate Court Judge Mike Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford).[25]


As of April 1, 2006, out of a 2004 Census estimated population of 3,743, there were 2,275 registered voters (60.8% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Unregistered residents may vote at a second home. Of registered voters, 186 (8.2% vs. 20.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 982 (43.2% vs. 19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans and 1,106 (48.6% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared. There was one voter registered to another party.[26]

On the national level, Saddle River leans strongly toward the Republican Party. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 69% of the vote here, defeating Democrat John Kerry, who received around 30%.[27]


The Wandell School, part of the Saddle River School District, serves students in kindergarten through grade 5. As of the 2005-06 school year, the school served 207 students.[28]

Saddle River students in grades 6 through 8 attend Eric S. Smith Middle School in Ramsey as part of a sending/receiving relationship.[29]

For high school, students (and their parents) may choose to attend either of the following public high schools, which students attend as part of sending/receiving relationships with each of the respective districts:[29]

There is also a K-12 private school in town, Saddle River Day School.


Route 17 passes through Saddle River. Other main roads include West Saddle River Road, East Saddle River Road, Allendale Road, and Chestnut Ridge Road.

The town is serviced mainly by Route 17, which runs directly through the borough, but certain portions are serviced by locations in Ho-Ho-Kus, Waldwick, Upper Saddle River, and Allendale. The Garden State Parkway is within a short distance of the borough at exit 171 in Woodcliff Lake.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Saddle River include:

Nick Biondi


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