- Elizabeth, New Jersey
City of Elizabeth, New Jersey — City — Motto: Where history meets present
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Coordinates: Coordinates: Country United States State New Jersey County Union Founded 1665 Incorporated March 13, 1855 Government – Type Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council) – Mayor Chris Bollwage Area – Total 13.7 sq mi (35.4 km2) – Land 12.2 sq mi (31.6 km2) – Water 1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2) 10.47% Elevation 16 ft (5 m) Population (2010 Census) – Total 124,969 – Density 10,269/sq mi (3,964.7/km2) Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5) – Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4) ZIP code 07201 - Union Square station
07202 - Bayway station
07206 - Elizabethport station
07207 - P.O. Boxes
07208 - Elmora station
Area code(s) 908 FIPS code 34-21000 GNIS feature ID 0876147 Website http://www.elizabethnj.org/
Elizabeth is a city in Union County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 124,969, retaining its ranking as New Jersey's fourth largest city (by population) with an increase of 4,401 residents (an added 3.7%) from its 2000 Census population of 120,568. It is the county seat of Union County.
Elizabeth, originally called "Elizabethtown" and part of the Elizabethtown Tract, was founded in 1665 by English settlers. The town was not named for Queen Elizabeth I as many people may assume, but rather for Elizabeth, wife of Vice Admiral Sir George Carteret, 1st Baronet and one of the two original Proprietors of the colony of New Jersey. She was the daughter of Philippe de Carteret II, 3rd Seigneur de Sark and Anne Dowse. The town served as the first capital of New Jersey. During the American Revolutionary War, Elizabeth was continually attacked by British forces based on Manhattan and Staten Island.
On March 13, 1855, the City of Elizabeth was created by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature, combining and replacing both Elizabeth Borough (which dated back to 1740) and Elizabeth Township (which had been formed in 1693), based on the results of a referendum held on March 27, 1855. On March 19, 1857, the city became part of the newly-created Union County. Portions of the city were taken to form Linden Township on March 4, 1861.
The first major industry, the Singer Sewing Machine Company came to Elizabeth and employed as many as 2,000 people. In 1895, it saw one of the first car companies, when Electric Carriage and Wagon Company was founded to manufacture the Electrobat, joined soon by another electric car builder, Andrew L. Riker. The Electric Boat Company got its start building submarines for the United States Navy in Elizabeth, New Jersey beginning with the launch of USS Holland (SS-1) in 1897. These pioneering naval craft [known as A-Class] were developed at Lewis Nixon's Crescent Shipyard in Elizabeth between the years 1896-1903. Elizabeth grew in parallel to its sister city of Newark for many years, but has been more successful in retaining a middle class presence and was spared riots in the 1960s.
Elizabeth is located at (40.662152, -74.209066).
Elizabeth is bordered to the southwest by Linden, to the west by Roselle and Roselle Park, to the northwest by Union and Hillside, to the north by Newark (in Essex County). To the east the city is across the Newark Bay from Bayonne in Hudson County and the Arthur Kill from Staten Island, New York. The borders of Elizabeth, Bayonne, and Staten Island meet at one point on Shooters Island.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.7 square miles (35.4 km2). 12.2 square miles (31.6 km2) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.7 km2) of it (10.47%) is water.
Business and industry
Since World War II, Elizabeth has seen its transportation facilities grow; the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal is one of the busiest ports in the world, as is Newark Liberty International Airport, parts of which are actually in Elizabeth. Elizabeth also features Little Jimmy's Italian Ices (since 1932), the popular Jersey Gardens outlet mall, Loews Theater, and the Elizabeth Center, which generate millions of dollars in revenue.
Together with Linden, Elizabeth is home to the Bayway Refinery, a ConocoPhillips refining facility that helps supply petroleum-based products to the New York/New Jersey area, producing approximately 230,000 barrels (37,000 m3) per day.
Portions of the city are covered by the Urban Enterprise Zone, which cuts the sales tax rate to 3½% (half of the 7% charged statewide) and offers other incentives to businesses within the district. The Elizabeth UEZ has the highest business participation rate in the state, with approximately 1,000 businesses participating in — and benefiting from — the program. The UEZ has helped bring in more than $1.5 billion in new economic development to the City and has brought in over $50 million in sales tax revenue that has been reinvested in funding for additional police, streetscape and other infrastructure improvements.
Celadon, a mixed-use development containing 14 glass skyscrapers, offices, retail, a hotel, boardwalk and many other amenities is proposed to border the east side of the Jersey Gardens mall, directly on the Port Newark Bay.. It is planned to break ground in the summer of 2008 on the ferry, roads and parking, and will continue construction for at least twelve more years.
Historical populations Census Pop. %± 1810 2,977 — 1820 3,515 18.1% 1830 3,455 −1.7% 1860 11,567 — 1870 20,832 80.1% 1880 28,229 35.5% 1890 37,764 33.8% 1900 52,130 38.0% 1910 73,409 40.8% 1920 95,783 30.5% 1930 114,589 19.6% 1940 109,912 −4.1% 1950 112,817 2.6% 1960 107,698 −4.5% 1970 112,654 4.6% 1980 106,201 −5.7% 1990 110,002 3.6% 2000 120,568 9.6% 2010 124,969 3.7% historical data source: 
As of the census of 2000, there were 120,568 people, 40,482 households, and 28,175 families residing in the city. The population density was 9,865.5 inhabitants per square mile (3,809.5/km2). There were 42,838 housing units at an average density of 3,505.2 per square mile (1,353.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 55.78% White, 19.98% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 2.35% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 15.51% from other races, and 5.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 49.46% of the population.
The nation where the highest number of foreign-born inhabitants of Elizabeth were born was Colombia, which was the birthplace of 8,731 Elizabeth residents as of the 2000 Census. This exceeded the combined total of Mexico and Central America of 8,214. It also far exceeded the next highest single nation count of Cuba at 5,812. The largest number for a non-Spanish speaking country and third highest overall was immigrants from Portugal numbering 4,544. The next largest groups were Salvadoran immigrants numbering 4,043, Peruvians 3,591 and Dominican immigrants of whom there were 3,492.
There were 40,482 households out of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 19.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.45.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 33.7% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $35,175, and the median income for a family was $38,370. Males had a median income of $30,757 versus $23,931 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,114. About 15.6% of families and 17.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.2% of those under age 18 and 17.2% of those age 65 or over.
Districts and neighborhoods
The city of Elizabeth had several distinct districts and neighborhoods.
Midtown (Broad St.& Morris Ave.), also occasionally known as Uptown, is the main commercial district. Midtown is a historic section as well. It includes the First Presbyterian Church and St. John's Episcopal Church, and its St. John's Episcopal Churchyard. The First Presbyterian Church was a battleground for the American Revolution. Located here are also the Art Deco Hersh Tower, and the Ritz Theatre which has been operating since 1926.
Bayway is located in the southern part of the City and borders the City of Linden. There are unique ethnic restaurants, bars, and stores along Bayway Avenue, and a variety of houses of worship. Housing styles are older and well maintained. There are many affordable two to four-family housing units, and multiple apartment complexes. The western terminus of the Goethals Bridge, which spans the Arthur Kill to Staten Island can be found here.
DownTown (also known as The Port, E-Port ), the oldest and perhaps the most diverse place in the City, is a collection of old world Elizabeth, new America, and a mix of colonial-style houses and apartment buildings that stretch east of Routes 1 & 9 to its shores. Although this has been an impoverished part of Elizabeth for many decades, this area has had a great deal of improvement in the last five years. Many homes have been refurbished or replaced with new, more ornate constructions. Housing projects that stood for years along First Street were demolished and replaced with attractive apartment complexes for those with low to moderate incomes. New townhomes on the waterfront have been developed & new 2 family homes are currently under construction.
The Elizabeth Marina, which in the past was filled with trash and debris along its walkway, has also beautified and many celebrations are held year round, from a Hispanic festival in the late spring to the lighting of a Christmas tree in the winter. Living conditions in this area continue to improve year after year. Historically, there was a Slavic community here, centered by a church (Sts. Peter and Paul Byzantine) and a Lithuanian (Sts. Peter and Paul, R.C.) and Polish (St. Adalbert) Roman Catholic Church still stands in the neighborhood. St. Patrick Church, originally Irish, dominates the 'Port and was built in 1888.
Elmora is a middle/working-class neighborhood in the western part of Elizabeth. Home to many Jewish people, a number of kosher eateries can be found here. The main thoroughfare, Elmora Avenue, boasts some of the best restaurants, shops and boutiques. A few of the City’s most luxurious high-rise building complexes- affording views of the New York skyline- dot the edge of this neighborhood and are convenient to the Midtown NJ Transit Train Station. Also found here is Morris Avenue which is home to many Colombian stores and restaurants. The northwestern part of Elmora is known as Elmora Hills. It is a strongly middle- to upper-middle class neighborhood.
Frog Hollow is a small community of homes just west of the Arthur Kill, and south of Elizabeth Avenue, Frog Hollow contains older style, affordable homes, rentals and some quality restaurants in a working-class community. The statue honoring former Mayor Mack on Elizabeth Avenue is a landmark in the community. Frog Hollow is also convenient to the Veteran’s Memorial Waterfront Park. Frog Hollow was largely Irish from the late 19th century until World War II and the largest church in Elizabeth is St. Patrick's Church in Elizabethport, built by the Irish in the late 19th century and still in beautiful condition today.
Keighry Head is located close to Midtown, containing affordable one and two-family homes, and apartment houses, convenient to the Midtown shopping district, and transportation.
North Elizabeth, also known as the "North End," is mainly a diverse working-class neighborhood home to many Portuguese as well. The North End has easy access to New York and Newark via its own NJ Transit train station, Routes 1&9 & the NJ Turnpike. The neighborhood also has Crane Square, the Historic Nugents Tavern, and Kellogg Park and its proximity to Newark Airport. There is currently a plan in place to develop the former Interbake Foods facility into shopping and residential town houses and condominiums. This community contains many larger one and two-family homes that have been rebuilt over the past decade. North Elizabeth also features many well-kept apartment houses and condominium units on and around North Avenue that are home to professionals who work in New York or the area. In addition, the only Benedictine women's community in New Jersey is located at Saint Walburga Monastery on North Broad Street.
Peterstown (also known as "The Burg") is a middle/working-class neighborhood in the southeastern part of the city. It is heavily industrial and ethnically diverse. Peterstown was once predominantly occupied by newly immigrated Italians and their descendants, but is less so today. Peterstown has clean, quiet streets and has many affordable housing opportunities with a “village” feel. The area contains the historic Union Square, home to produce stands, meat markets, fresh fish and poultry stores. Peterstown is also home to the DeCavalcante crime family, one of the most infamous Mafia families in the United States.
The Point is centrally located and defined by New Point Road, located close to Midtown. This community contains many new affordable two-family homes, apartment houses and is undergoing a transformation.
Quality Hill is located north of Bayway and to the west of Peterstown. It is largely a middle-class neighborhood. It includes the Trinitas Hospital, the Main Complex, the Edison Academy, as well as cover most of South Broad Street.
Westminster is home to the City’s largest residential estates, a mix of Tudors, Victorians, ranch houses, colonial split levels and more. This neighborhood borders Hillside and contains many distinctive properties. It is also home to a new public school, considered one of the finest in the City’s system. The Elizabeth River runs through Westminster culminating in a dramatic splash of greenery and rolling hills off of North Avenue, near Liberty Hall. Residents use this area for recreation, whether it is at the newly christened Phil Rizzuto Park area, or for bird watching or for sunbathing by the river. It is one of the more affluent and historic area of Elizabeth.
The City of Elizabeth is governed under the Mayor-Council system of municipal government under the Faulkner Act. The City government of Elizabeth is made up of a Mayor and a City Council. The Elizabeth City Council is made up of nine members. Three Council members are elected at large and six members are elected from each of Elizabeth's six wards.
As of 2011[update], the City's Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, a lifelong resident of Elizabeth, is currently serving his fourth term as Mayor. Council members are Council President Joseph Keenan (Third Ward), Carlos Cedeño (Fourth Ward), Frank Cuesta (at-large), William Gallman, Jr. (Fifth Ward), Nelson Gonzalez (Second Ward), Manny Grova, Jr. (First Ward), Edward Jackus (at-large), Frank Mazza (Sixth Ward) and Patricia Perkins-Auguste (at-large).
Federal, state and county representation
The City of Elizabeth is split between the 10th and 13th Congressional districts and is part of New Jersey's 22nd state legislative district.
New Jersey's Tenth Congressional District is represented by Donald M. Payne (D, Newark). New Jersey's Thirteenth Congressional District is represented by Albio Sires (D, West New York). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).
20th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Raymond Lesniak (D, Union) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Joseph Cryan (D, Union) and Annette Quijano (D, Elizabeth). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Union County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose nine members are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis with three seats coming up for election each year. As of 2011, Union County's Freeholders are Chairman Deborah P. Scanlon (Union, term ends December 31, 2012), Vice Chairman Alexander Mirabella (Fanwood, 2012), Linda Carter (Plainfield, 2013), Angel G. Estrada (Elizabeth, 2011), Christopher Hudak (Linden, 2011), Mohamed S. Jalloh (Roselle, 2012), Bette Jane Kowalski (Cranford, 2013), Daniel P. Sullivan (Elizabeth, 2013) and Nancy Ward (Linden, 2011).
Emergency Medical Services for the City of Elizabeth are handled by the Elizabeth Fire Departments - Division of Emergency Medical Services. This is a civilian Division of the Fire Department and handles approx 40,000 calls a year. The Division is made up of an EMS Chief, 5 Supervisors, 28 Full Time Emergency Medical Technicians, and approximately 11 Per Diem EMTs. The Division, at its maximum staffing, attempts to operate four ambulances and a supervisor on days (7A-7P) and there ambulances and a supervisor on nights (7P-7A).
The city's public schools are operated by Elizabeth Public Schools, serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The district is one of 31 Abbott Districts statewide. Elizabeth High School is the largest high school in the state of New Jersey and one of the largest in the United States. By New Jersey Monthly the school was ranked at number 302 out of 316, making it the lowest school in Union County on the list.
Elizabeth is also home to several private schools. There is St. Mary of the Assumption High School, Saint Patrick High School, St. Genevieve School, and the Jewish Educational Center, which comprises the Yeshiva of Elizabeth (nursery through sixth grades), the Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy (boys, seventh through twelfth grades), and Bruriah High School (girls, seventh through twelfth grades).
Other private schools include Benedictine Academy (girls, ninth through twelfth grade) and Benedictine Preschool (ages 2 1/2 -4)
Princeton University was founded in 1746 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, as the College of New Jersey.
Kindergarten - 8th grade schools
The Elizabeth Public Schools system has many elementary and middle schools. Before the 2008-09 school year, all schools except high schools became K-8 schools. This replaced the middle schools and elementary schools.
The Elizabeth Public Library, the free public library with a main library, originally a Carnegie library, and three branches has a collection of 342,305 volumes and annual circlution of about 191,000.
Portions of Elizabeth are part of an Urban Enterprise Zone. In addition to other benefits to encourage employment within the Zone, shoppers can take advantage of a reduced 3½% sales tax rate (versus the 7% rate charged statewide).
Elizabeth is a hub of several major roadways including the New Jersey Turnpike / Interstate 95, Interstate 278 (including the Goethals Bridge), U.S. Route 1/9, Route 27, Route 28 and Route 439. Elizabeth's own street plan, in contrast to the more usual grid plan, is to a large degree circular, with circumferential and radial streets centered on the central railroad station.
Elizabeth is among the U.S. cities with the highest transit ridership.
It has two train stations on NJ Transit's North Jersey Coast Line and the Northeast Corridor Line. Elizabeth Station also called Broad Street Elizabeth or Midtown Station is the southern station in Midtown Elizabeth. The other train station in Elizabeth is North Elizabeth Station.
New Jersey Transit is planning a segment of the Newark-Elizabeth Rail Link (NERL), designated as the Union County Light Rail (UCLR). The UCLR will connect Midtown Station with Newark Liberty International Airport and have seven or eight other stations in between within Elizabeth city limits. A possible extension of this future line to Plainfield would link the city of Elizabeth with the Raritan Valley Line.
In addition, the Colombian airline Avianca operates a private bus service from John F. Kennedy Airport to Union City and Elizabeth for passengers on Avianca flights departing from and arriving to JFK.
For public bus service to and from Elizabeth, see related page List of New Jersey Transit bus routes (1-99)
WJDM at 1530 on the AM dial is licensed to Elizabeth.
News 12 New Jersey is one of the most viewed weather and news channels in the city.
In 2008, Elizabeth was named one of "America's 50 Greenest Cities" by Popular Science magazine. Elizabeth was the only city in New Jersey selected. It ranked city number 45, under Fremont, California and above Livonia, Michigan.
Elizabeth Public-Access Channel
Residents of Elizabeth can tune into the Public-access television cable-TV channel at anytime to view public information such as the city bulletin board, live meetings, important health information and tips. This service is provided by Cablevision Local Programming. The service can be found on channel 18. The channel also has features such as Top 10 Ranked Television Shows, Educational Facts, Quote of The Day, Gas Price Statistics, and tips for keeping the city safe and clean.
Notable residents and natives
- Asad Abdul-Khaliq (born 1980), starting quarterback for the Minnesota Golden Gophers from 2000-2003.
- Judy Blume (born 1938), author.
- Elias Boudinot (1740–1821), President of the Continental Congress and an early U.S. Congressman.
- Todd Bowles (born 1963), former NFL Defensive Back with the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers. Currently, the Defensive Back Coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
- Hubie Brown (born 1933), former basketball coach and a current television analyst, was raised there.
- Robert Nietzel Buck (1914–2007), broke the junior transcontinental air speed record in 1930 and was the youngest pilot ever licensed in the United States.
- William Burnet (1730–1791), physician who represented New Jersey in the Continental Congress from 1780 to 1781.
- Arthur Leopold Busch (1866–1956), submarine pioneer who constructed the first craft accepted by the United States Navy, on 11 April 1900. USS Holland SS-1. Busch lived in Elizabeth from 1895-1956. America's first submarines were built in Elizabeth under Busch's direction for the Holland Torpedo Boat Company / Electric Boat Company.
- Nicholas Murray Butler (1862–1947), winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and a founder of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, was born here.
- Rodney Carter (born 1964), former NFL Running back/3rd Down Receiver with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Al Catanho (born 1972), former linebacker in the NFL for the New England Patriots and the Washington Redskins.
- John Catlin (1803–1874), Acting Governor of Wisconsin Territory.
- Gil Chapman (born 1953), running back and return specialist for the University of Michigan and New Orleans Saints.
- Abraham Clark (1725–1794), Member of the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born and raised there.
- Amos Clark, Jr. (1828–1912), U.S. Representative from New Jersey and businessman.
- Michael Chertoff, (born 1953), United States Secretary of Homeland Security, was born and raised there.
- Freddie 'Red' Cochrane (1915–1993), professional boxer in the welterweight (147 lb) division who became World Champion in 1941 in that class.
- Jim Colbert (born 1941), golfer and multiple time winner on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour.
- Tom Colicchio (born 1962), restaurateur, chef, and judge on reality-TV program Top Chef.
- Joseph Halsey Crane (1782–1851), congressional representative from Ohio.
- Elias Dayton (1737–1807), elected to the Continental Congress and served as mayor of Elizabethtown from 1796–1805, father of Jonathan Dayton.
- Jonathan Dayton (1760–1824), signer of the United States Constitution and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, was born there. (Dayton, Ohio is named for him.)
- DeCavalcante crime family, one of the biggest mafia families in the United States is based here.
- John De Hart (1727–1795), delegate to the Continental Congress, was born and lived there.
- Thomas G. Dunn (c. 1921-1998), seven-term mayor of Elizabeth whose 28 years in office made him the longest-serving mayor in the U.S. of a city with more than 100,000 people.
- John J. Fay, Jr. (1927–2003), member of the New Jersey General Assembly and the New Jersey Senate.
- Charles N. Fowler (1852–1932), represented 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1895 to 1911.
- Ron Freeman (born 1947), winner of gold medal in the 4x400m relay at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, raised there and attended Thomas Jefferson High School.
- Chris Gatling (born 1967), NBA player for the Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
- William Halsey, Jr. (1882–1959) "Bull" Halsey, legendary World War II five-star Fleet Admiral, was born here. “Before we’re through with them, the Japanese language will be spoken only in hell.”
- Alexander Hamilton (ca. 1755-1804), lived here as a young man upon first arriving in America.
- Horace Jenkins (born 1974), former NBA player for Detroit Pistons, attended Elizabeth High.
- Phineas Jones (1819–1884) - represented New Jersey's 6th congressional district from 1881-83.
- John Kean (1852–1914), represented New Jersey in the United States Senate from 1899 to 1911, and served two separate terms in the United States House of Representatives, from 1883 to 1885, and from 1887 to 1889, representing New Jersey's 3rd congressional district.
- James C. Kellogg III (1915-1980), Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
- Daniel Hugh Kelly (born 1952), stage, film and television actor was born and raised there.
- Daniel C. Kurtzer (born 1949), United States Ambassador to Egypt from 1997 to 2001, United States Ambassador to Israel from 2001 to 2005, and currently chair in Middle East policy studies at The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University was born and raised there.
- William Livingston (1723–1790), signer of the United States Constitution and first elected Governor of New Jersey lived there and built his home, Liberty Hall.
- Zenaida Manfugas - Cuban - American pianist, considered one of the first black pianists in Cuba and one of betters Cuban pianists.
- James P. Mitchell (1900–1964), served as United States Secretary of Labor from 1953 to 1961 and ran unsuccessfully for Governor of New Jersey.
- Thomas Mitchell (1892–1962), Oscar and Tony Award-winning actor, was born there.
- Hank Mobley (1930–1966), hard bop jazz saxophonist.
- Don Newcombe (born 1926), pitcher who spent most of his career with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Elizabeth Peña (born 1961), actress, was born there.
- Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749–1838), Italian-born librettist and poet, lived there.
- Franklin Leonard Pope (1840–1885), telegrapher and inventor, lived there as a young man and befriended Thomas Edison.
- Ron Rivers (born 1971), played running back in the NFL for six seasons.
- Jonal Saint-Dic (born 1985), NFL player with the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Debralee Scott (1953–2005), actress, known for her role in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.
- Jamar Shipman (born 1985), a.k.a. Jay Lethal, professional wrestler in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling was born here.
- Mickey Spillane (1918–2006), writer, grew up there.
- Edward Stratemeyer (1862–1930), creator of the Hardy Boys, Bobbsey Twins, and Nancy Drew, was born and resided there.
- William Sulzer (1863–1941), U.S. Congressman and impeached governor of New York, was born there.
- Craig Taylor (born 1966), former running back for three seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals.
- Dick Vosburgh (1929–2007), comedy writer and lyricist working chiefly in Britain, was born there.
- Bernie Wagenblast (born 1956), broadcaster, journalist, was born there.
- Edward Patrick Mickey Walker (1903–1981), boxer, who held the Welterweight and Middleweight titles, was born and raised there. Ranked #10 on the Sports Illustrated list of The 50 Greatest New Jersey Sports Figures.
- Joe Weil (born 1958), writer and active member of the New Jersey poetry scene, was born and grew up there.
- Sam Woodyard (1925–1988), jazz drummer best known for his association with the Duke Ellington orchestra, was born here and got his start in Newark.
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