Jackson Township, New Jersey

Jackson Township, New Jersey
Jackson Township, New Jersey
—  Township  —

Motto: A Place for All Seasons
Map of Jackson Township in Ocean County. Inset: Location of Ocean County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Jackson Township, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°6′29″N 74°19′46″W / 40.10806°N 74.32944°W / 40.10806; -74.32944Coordinates: 40°6′29″N 74°19′46″W / 40.10806°N 74.32944°W / 40.10806; -74.32944
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Ocean
Incorporated March 6, 1844
 – Type Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)
 – Mayor Michael Reina
 – Administrator Joe "Joey" Torres[2]
 – Total 100.8 sq mi (261.1 km2)
 – Land 100.1 sq mi (259.1 km2)
 – Water 0.8 sq mi (1.9 km2)
Elevation[3] 92 ft (28 m)
Population (2010)[4]
 – Total 54,856
 – Density 427.9/sq mi (165.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08527
Area code(s) 732
FIPS code 34-34680[5][6]
GNIS feature ID 0882079[7]
Website http://www.jacksontwpnj.net

Jackson Township, named after Andrew Jackson, is a township in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township population had increased to a record high of 54,856. Jackson's most famous attraction is Six Flags Great Adventure, which as of 2010 is home to the tallest roller coaster in the world: Kingda Ka.[8] Jackson is also home to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor and Six Flags Wild Safari. Down the road from Six Flags is the Jackson Premium Outlets, a major retail outlet center with 70 stores.

Jackson Township was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 6, 1844, from portions of Dover Township (now Toms River Township), Freehold Township and Upper Freehold Township, while the area was still part of Monmouth County, New Jersey. It became part of the newly created Ocean County on February 15, 1850. Portions of the township were taken to form Plumsted Township on March 11, 1845.[9]

Cassville and Vista Center are census-designated places and unincorporated area located within Jackson Township.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 100.8 square miles (261 km2), of which, 100.1 square miles (259 km2) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) of it (0.74%) is water. Jackson is the largest city by area in Ocean County.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 1,719
1940 2,153 25.2%
1950 3,513 63.2%
1960 5,939 69.1%
1970 18,276 207.7%
1980 25,644 40.3%
1990 33,233 29.6%
2000 42,816 28.8%
2010 54,856 28.1%
Population 1930 - 1990[10]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 42,816 people, 14,176 households, and 11,269 families residing in the township. The population density was 427.9 people per square mile (165.2/km²). There were 14,640 housing units at an average density of 146.3 per square mile (56.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 91.26% White, 3.90% African American, 0.13% Native American, 2.06% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.97% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.78% of the population.

There were 14,176 households out of which 44.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.5% were non-families. 16.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.99 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the township the population was spread out with 29.7% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 34.2% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $65,218, and the median income for a family was $71,045. Males had a median income of $51,276 versus $33,882 for females. The per capita income for the township was $23,981. About 2.5% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.


CR 527, CR 528, CR 547, CR 537, CR 526, and CR 571 pass through the township. CR 539 also passes through the township, but in the southwest corner, for less than half a mile. Interstate 195 is a major artery that travels through the northern section of Jackson (it just so happens that Jackson is the only municipality in Ocean County that hosts any interstate). While the expressway travels into Howell and Millstone Townships, it's also a vital link for Six Flags since it grants access to the Garden State Parkway, Interstate 295 and the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95).

New Jersey Transit bus service is provided to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. Philadelphia is served by the 317. Local service is available on the 311 bus line.[11]


Local government

Until 2006, Jackson Township as governed under the Township form of government with a five-member Township Committee, whose members were 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] As of July 1, 2006, Jackson Township adopted the Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council) form of government, with a Mayor and five-member Township Council elected at-large in nonpartisan elections. The Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. Council members serve four-year terms on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election in even years. The Council selects a President and a Vice President from among its members.

As of 2011, the Mayor of Jackson Township is Michael Reina (2014). Township Council members are Council President Scott Martin (2014), Council Vice President Kenneth Bressi (2012), Michael Kafton (2012), Roberta "Bobbie" Rivere (2012) and Ann M. Updegrave (2014).[12][13]

Public Safety Departments

Police Department

Jackson Township has its own Police Department which operates out of the Municipal Justice Complex. Chief of Police Matthew D. Kunz.

Fire Department

Jackson Township currently has four fire companies and an industrial fire brigade:

  • Station 54 - Jackson Mills Fire Co./Jackson Fire District No. 4 (Combination Volunteer/Career) Chief Robert Haskins
  • Station 55 - Jackson Township Fire Co. No. 1/Jackson Twp Fire District No. 3 (Combination Volunteer/Career) Captain Edward Moore/Chief Timothy Carson
  • Station 56 - Cassville Fire Co./Jackson Fire District No. 2 (Combination Volunteer/Career) Chief John Alchevsky
  • Station 57 - Whitesville Fire Co./Jackson Fire District No. 1 (Combination Volunteer/Career [contract for personnel from Fire District No. 3]) Chief Scott Rauch
  • Station 58 - Six Flags Great Adventure Fire Department Chief Edward Zakar (Career)
Fire Bureau

Jackson Township has two Fire Bureaus that enforce the NJ Uniform Fire Safety Act:

Jackson Bureau of Fire Prevention District 4 Fire Official John Burmiester Jr.

Jackson Bureau of Fire Safety Fire Districts 1, 2 and 3 Fire Official Frank McDonnell

Emergency Medical Services

Currently emergency medical services are provided by a combination of an independent volunteer first aid squad and a private third party contractor.

  • Quality Medical Transport (units 103,159,155) covers EMS calls from 5AM-6PM - Manager Sal Murante
  • Jackson Township First Aid Squad (Squad 22) covers EMS calls from 6PM-5AM - Captain Al Couceiro
  • Six Flags Great Adventure EMS (Squad 80) covers EMS calls within the park during park operating hours.

Advanced life support E.M.S., (i.e., paramedics or "Mobile Intensive Care Units"), is provided by hospital providers under a statewide system mandated by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Jackson Township is served primarily by MONOC paramedic units.

Federal, state and county representation

Jackson Township is in the 4th Congressional district. New Jersey's Fourth Congressional District is represented by Christopher Smith (R). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

Jackson is in the 30th District of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Robert Singer (R, Lakewood Township) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Ronald S. Dancer (R, New Egypt) and Joseph R. Malone (R, Bordentown).[14]

Ocean County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members, elected at large in partisan elections and serving staggered three-year terms of office, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year. As of 2011, Ocean County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari (Toms River, term ends December 31, 2011), Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little (Surf City, 2012), John C. Bartlett, Jr. (Pine Beach, 2012), John P. Kelly (Eagleswood Township, 2010) and James F. Lacey (Brick Township, 2013).[15][16]


On the national and state levels, Jackson leans strongly toward the Republican Party. In the 2004 Presidential Election, Republican George W. Bush received 59% of the vote, defeating Democrat John Kerry, who received around 40%. In the 2008 Presidential Election, Republican John McCain received 55% of the vote, defeating Democrat Barack Obama, who received around 43%. In the 2009 Gubernatorial Election, Republican Chris Christie received 67% of the vote, defeating Democrat Jon Corzine, who received around 27%.


The Jackson School District serves students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[17]) are six elementary school serving grades K-5 — Crawford-Rodriguez Elementary School (821 students), Elms Elementary School (945), Lucy N. Holman Elementary School (657), Howard C. Johnson Elementary School (618), Sylvia Rosenauer Elementary School (427) and Switlik Elementary School (937) — (Carl W. Goetz Middle School (1,300) and Christa McAuliffe Middle School (1,020) for grades 6-8, along with Jackson Liberty High School and Jackson Memorial High School (2,910) for grades 9-12.

Notable residents

(B) denotes that the person was born there.


  1. ^ a b 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 103.
  2. ^ Township Directory, Jackson Township. Accessed June 26, 2008.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Township of Jackson, Geographic Names Information System, accessed January 4, 2008.
  4. ^ 2010 Census Populations
  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. ^ Reiss, Fraidy. "Feeling adventurous?", Asbury Park Press, March 31, 2007, accessed April 18, 2007. "Elsewhere in the park, Kingda Ka looms 456 feet high. It remains the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world, said park president Kane."
  9. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 203.
  10. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  11. ^ Ocean County Bus/Rail Connections, New Jersey Transit. Accessed July 3, 2007.
  12. ^ Township Directory, Jackson Township. Accessed March 16, 2011.
  13. ^ 2011 Elected Officials of Ocean County, Ocean County, New Jersey. p. 4. Accessed March 16, 2011.
  14. ^ "Legislative Roster: 2010-2011 Session". New Jersey Legislature. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/roster.asp. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  15. ^ Board of Chosen Freeholders, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed January 5, 2011.
  16. ^ 2011 Organization Comments by Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed January 5, 2011.
  17. ^ Data for the Jackson School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 4, 2008.
  18. ^ "PLUS: BOWLING; Bohn Is Named Bowler of the Year", The New York Times, May 7, 2002. Accessed October 6, 2007. "Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., was selected by his fellow professional bowlers as the 2002 Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year yesterday."
  19. ^ Rosman, Mark. "Assemblyman recalled for service to people in need", Tri-Town News, October 17, 2002. Accessed May 31, 2010.
  20. ^ Saslow, Eli. "extreme sports / To be an action sports star, leave good sense behind", The Press of Atlantic City, June 21, 2007. Accessed July 31, 2007. "It better slow down, because it's getting too ridiculous, said Scotty Cranmer, a BMX rider from Jackson, N.J."
  21. ^ Mayor Reina issues proclamation for Jackson resident Rich Gaspari
  22. ^ "Holman had hand in many political careers", Ocean County Observer, December 8, 2005. Accessed July 31, 2007. "Holman was a Jackson Township mayor in the 1960s. He became the Ocean County administrator, the state Republican Chairman, executive director of the Republican State Committee and Ocean County Director of Employee Relations."
  23. ^ Yannis, Alex. "SOCCER; For Rutgers, It's On to the Final Four", The New York Times, december 4, 1994. Accessed February 3, 2011. "Johnson's goal was the result of vision and timing, but the junior striker from Jackson, N.J., displayed his remarkable skill on Napolitano's second goal of the game. "
  24. ^ Cahillane, Kevin. "Two Guys Left Behind In the E Street Shuffle", The New York Times, May 1, 2005. Accessed February 3, 2011. "'When I got to the top of the staircase, there was Bruce with the way he looked in those days, with the hair and suspenders with no shirt, playing away,' Mr. Lopez recalled recently as he sipped a can of Budweiser in the kitchen of his house off a dirt road in Jackson."
  25. ^ Gussow, Mel. "Photographing Celebrities, Even Those of an X-Rated World", The New York Times, July 29, 2003. Accessed July 22, 2008. "Over lunch Ms. Lynn, who is in her late 20's, spoke about her entry into the business. She was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Jackson, N.J. As a senior in a Catholic high school, she worked as a dancer in a strip club, and that led to her career."
  26. ^ Interview with Steve Niles at Midtown Comics Times Square; YouTube; May 29, 2010
  27. ^ Blackwell, Jon. "1925: The chute that saved 5,000 lives", The Trentonian. Accessed February 3, 2011.
  28. ^ LaGorce, Tammy. "MUSIC; Thor, With an Electric Hammer", The New York Times, November 27, 2005. Accessed October 6, 2007. "But the frustrating part for Zakk Wylde -- born in Jersey City, raised in Jackson and possessed of a gift for heavy-metal noise that regularly earns him the cover of any magazine with guitar in its title -- is that the six-string inner circle rarely widens."

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