- Commercial Township, New Jersey
Commercial Township, New Jersey — Township — Coordinates: Coordinates: Country United States State New Jersey County Cumberland Incorporated February 27, 1874 Government – Type Township (New Jersey) – Mayor George Garrison Area – Total 34.5 sq mi (89.4 km2) – Land 32.5 sq mi (84.1 km2) – Water 2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2) Elevation 20 ft (6 m) Population (2010) – Total 5,178 Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5) – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4) ZIP code 08349 - Port Norris Area code(s) 856 FIPS code 34-14710 GNIS feature ID 0882062 Website http://www.commercialtwp.com
Commercial Township is a township in Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Vineland-Millville- Bridgeton Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area for statistical purposes. As of the United States 2010 Census, the township population was 5,178.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.5 square miles (89 km2), of which, 32.5 square miles (84 km2) of it is land and 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2) of it (5.91%) is water.
Historical populations Census Pop. %± 1930 2,873 — 1940 2,822 −1.8% 1950 3,238 14.7% 1960 3,244 0.2% 1970 3,667 13.0% 1980 4,674 27.5% 1990 5,026 7.5% 2000 5,259 4.6% 2010 5,178 −1.5% Population 1930 - 1990
As of the census of 2010, there were 5,178 people, 2,115 households residing in the township. The racial makeup of the township was 4,335 White, 530 African American, 18 American Indian or Alaskan Natives, 27 Asian, 0 Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders, 79 from other races, and 189 from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino ethnicity were 316 people.
In the township the population was spread out with 1,312 people under the age of 18, 3,866 aged 18 and over, 328 aged 20 to 24, 660 from 25 to 34, 1,103 aged 35 to 49, 1,024 aged 50 to 64, and 604 who were 65 years of age or older. There were 2,565 males and 2,613 females.
Commercial Township is governed under the Township form of government with a three-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 seat coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor.
Members of the Commercial Township Committee are Mayor George Garrison, Deputy Mayor Fletcher Jamison and William Riggin.
Federal, state and county representation
Commercial Township is in the 2nd Congressional district. New Jersey's Second Congressional District is represented by Frank LoBiondo (R, Ventnor City). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).
Commercial Township is in the 3rd legislative district of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Stephen M. Sweeney (D, West Deptford Township) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by John J. Burzichelli (D, Paulsboro) and Celeste Riley (D, Bridgeton).
Cumberland County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected at-large in partisan elections to serve staggered three-year terms in office, with two or three seats coming up for election each year. As of 2011, Cumberland County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director William Whelan (Bridgeton, term ends December 31, 2011), Deputy Director James A. Dunkins, (Millville, 2011), Samuel L. Fiocchi, Sr. (Vineland, 2013) Jane Jannarone (Vineland, 2011), Carl W. Kirstein (Bridgeton, 2013), Louis N. Magazzu (Bridgeton, 2012) and Thomas Sheppard (Cedarville, 2012)
The Commercial Township School District serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Schools in the district (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Haleyville-Mauricetown School for preschool to fifth grade (472 students) and Port Norris Middle School for students in sixth through eighth grade (201 students).
Public school students in grades 9-12 attend high school in Millville, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Millville Public Schools. Students attend Memorial High School for grades 9 and half of the 10th grade and Millville Senior High School for half of the 10th grade through the 12th grade.
Notable current and former residents of Commercial Township include:
- Henry C. Loudenslager (1852–1911), represented New Jersey's 1st congressional district from 1893 to 1911.
- ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Township of Commercial, Geographic Names Information System. Accessed January 4, 2008.
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- ^ A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.
- ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 120.
- ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
- ^ 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 19.
- ^ Mayor & Committee, Commercial Township. Accessed June 10, 2008.
- ^ "Legislative Roster: 2010-2011 Session". New Jersey Legislature. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/roster.asp. Retrieved 2010-02-08.
- ^ About Cumberland County Government, Cumberland County, New Jersey. Accessed January 3, 2011.
- ^ William Whelan, Cumberland County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
- ^ Rev. James A. Dunkins, Cumberland County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
- ^ Samuel L. Fiocchi, Sr., Cumberland County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
- ^ Jane Jannarone, Cumberland County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
- ^ Carl W. Kirstein, Cumberland County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
- ^ Louis N. Magazzu, Cumberland County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
- ^ Thomas Sheppard, Cumberland County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
- ^ County Freeholders, Cumberland County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011. Note that as of the date the source was accessed, the county website incorrectly listed 2014 term end dates for Fiocchi and Kirstein, which based on their three-year term is 2013.
- ^ Data for the Commercial Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 10, 2008.
- ^ Jones, Jean. "Maurice River enlists state help in fighting Millville HS tuition increase", South Jersey News Online, January 16, 2008. Accessed June 11, 2008. "He said Millville is unwilling to pass on its need for more funding to its own taxpayers so it is passing the increase on to the sending districts -- Commercial, Maurice River and Lawrence townships and Woodbine."
- ^ Henry Clay Loudenslager biography, United States Congress. Accessed August 11, 2007.
- Official website
- Cumberland County webpage for Commercial Township
- Commercial Township School District
- Commercial Township School District's 2009–10 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Commercial Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics
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