Florham Park, New Jersey
|Florham Park, New Jersey|
|Borough of Florham Park|
Map highlighting Florham Park's location within Morris County. Inset: Morris County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Florham Park, New Jersey
|Coordinates: 40°46′33″N 74°23′39″W / 40.775832°N 74.394058°WCoordinates: 40°46′33″N 74°23′39″W / 40.775832°N 74.394058°W|
|Incorporated||March 9, 1899|
|Named for||Florham and Brooklake Park mansions|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Mark Taylor (R, term ends December 31, 2019)|
|• Administrator||William F. Huyler|
|• Clerk||Sheila A. Williams|
|• Total||7.540 sq mi (19.528 km2)|
|• Land||7.288 sq mi (18.875 km2)|
|• Water||0.252 sq mi (0.652 km2) 3.34%|
236th of 566 in state|
20th of 39 in county
|Elevation||217 ft (66 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2015)||11,835|
208th of 566 in state|
16th of 39 in county
|• Density||1,604.9/sq mi (619.7/km2)|
|• Density rank||
326th of 566 in state|
17th of 39 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885221|
Florham Park is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 11,696, reflecting an increase of 2,839 (+32.1%) from the 8,857 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 336 (+3.9%) from the 8,521 counted in the 1990 Census.
The National Football League's New York Jets relocated their main headquarters in 2008 to the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, located in Florham Park. The Jets relocated to Florham Park from their old facilities at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The team holds its day-to-day operations during the year in Florham Park, while relocating during July and August to Cortland, NY for training camp. Florham Park beat out Berkeley Heights, Jersey City, Millburn, South Amboy, and Wood-Ridge, which had all been finalists contending to be the host of the new facility.
The area that is now Florham Park was first settled by the English sometime between 1680 and 1700, and the community was long recognized as a prime farming area. The area was known for the manufacture of quality brooms, which was the source of one of its names, Broomtown. Through its history, the area was known as Hoppingtown, Broomtown, Columbia, Afton, and finally Florham Park. It was part of Hanover Township, then Chatham Township before being incorporated as Florham Park in 1899.
Florence Adele Vanderbilt Twombly (1854–1952), granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt, renowned as the richest man in America, and her husband, financier, Hamilton McKown Twombly, came to the Morris County countryside in 1887, joining over 100 other millionaires who owned sprawling country retreats. They fancied an English-style country mansion in a stately park setting. "Florham," built on 840 acres (3.4 km2), one of America's finest Gilded Age homes, was the result. The couple named their new estate "Florham," a combination of their first names, Florence and Hamilton. The second part to the name "Florham Park" received its name from a second mansion in town that was on about 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of land situated where the current Brooklake Country Club is located. Owned by Dr. Leslie Ward — one of the founders of the Prudential Insurance Company and the first vice president of the company — it was named "Brooklake Park", partially because of the beautiful lake that was on the property.
Both of these families were supporters of many civic projects including the petitioning of the State of New Jersey to create their own town. After the legislature voted on March 9, 1899, the governor signed the bill on March 20, making Florham Park a borough. The new town was named after Florence and Hamilton Twombly's and Dr. Ward's estates.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 7.540 square miles (19.528 km2), including 7.288 square miles (18.875 km2) of land and 0.252 square miles (0.652 km2) of water (3.34%).
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Columbia Ridge.
The Borough is located in southeastern Morris County and is bordered to the south by Madison and Chatham Boroughs; to the north by Hanover and East Hanover Townships; to the west by Morris Township; and on the east by the Passaic River where it borders Essex County communities Livingston and Millburn Townships.
|Population sources: 1900-1920|
1930-1990 2000 2010
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,696 people, 4,003 households, and 2,798 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,604.9 per square mile (619.7/km2). There were 4,201 housing units at an average density of 576.4 per square mile (222.5/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 86.35% (10,099) White, 4.35% (509) Black or African American, 0.07% (8) Native American, 6.37% (745) Asian, 0.07% (8) Pacific Islander, 1.10% (129) from other races, and 1.69% (198) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 5.08% (594) of the population.
There were 4,003 households, of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the borough, 19.2% of the population were under the age of 18, 18.9% from 18 to 24, 20.7% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.1 years. For every 100 females there were 83.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $106,227 (with a margin of error of +/- $10,030) and the median family income was $121,316 (+/- $8,544). Males had a median income of $92,857 (+/- $17,466) versus $61,331 (+/- $12,613) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $46,564 (+/- $4,867). About 0.5% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.7% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 8,857 people, 3,239 households, and 2,474 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,191.3 people per square mile (460.3/km2). There were 3,342 housing units at an average density of 449.5 per square mile (173.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.00% White, 0.99% African American, 0.01% Native American, 3.87% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.15% of the population.
There were 3,239 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the borough the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 86.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.6 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $88,706, and the median income for a family was $102,047. Males had a median income of $74,410 versus $49,551 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $42,133. About 2.4% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.
Florham Park is the North American headquarters of the BASF corporation, the world's largest chemical company.
Florham Park is governed under the borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a mayor and a borough council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. 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 in a three-year cycle. The borough form of government used by Florham Park, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body, with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
As of 2016, the mayor of Florham Park is Republican Mark Taylor, serving a term of office ending on December 31, 2019. Members of the borough council are Council President Thomas Michalowski (R, 2016), Scott Carpenter (R, 2018), Carmen Cefolo-Pane (R, 2018), Charles A. Germershausen (R, 2017), Charles J. Malone, Jr. (R, 2017) and William Zuckerman (R, 2016).
In May 2013, the borough council chose Council President Mark Taylor from a list of three candidates nominated by the Republican municipal committee to fill the vacant mayoral seat of R. Scott Eveland, who had resigned from office in March from a term expiring in December 2015. At the same meeting, the council selected Thomas Michalowski from the list of three candidates nominated to fill the vacant council seat of David Wikstrom, who had resigned in April from a term expiring in December 2013. In April 2013, the council chose William Zuckerman from the list of three nominees to fill Mark Taylor's vacant council seat expiring in December 2016.
Federal, state and county representation
Florham Park is located in the 11th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 27th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Florham Park had been in the 26th state legislative district.
New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, Harding Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).
For the 2016–2017 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 27th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Richard Codey (D, Roseland) and in the General Assembly by Mila Jasey (D, South Orange) and John F. McKeon (D, West Orange). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Morris County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected at-large to three-year terms on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. The Freeholder Board sets policies for the operation of six super-departments, more than 30 divisions plus authorities, commissions, boards and study committees. Actual day-to-day operation of departments is supervised by County Administrator, John Bonanni. As of 2016, Morris County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Kathryn A. DeFillippo (Roxbury Township, term ends December 31, 2016), Deputy Freeholder William "Hank" Lyon (Montville, 2017), Douglas Cabana (Boonton Township, 2016), John Cesaro (Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, 2018), Thomas J. Mastrangelo (Montville, 2016) Christine Myers (Mendham Township, 2018), and Deborah Smith (Denville, 2018). Constitutional officers are County Clerk Ann F. Grossi (Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, 2018), Sheriff Edward V. Rochford (Morris Plains, 2016) and Surrogate John Pecoraro (Mendham Borough, 2019).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 7,111 registered voters in Florham Park, of which 1,319 (18.5%) were registered as Democrats, 3,035 (42.7%) were registered as Republicans and 2,756 (38.8%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There was one voter registered to another party.
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 59.8% of the vote (3,273 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 39.5% (2,165 votes), and other candidates with 0.7% (38 votes), among the 5,511 ballots cast by the borough's 7,810 registered voters (35 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 70.6%. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 59.2% of the vote (3,384 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 39.7% (2,270 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (39 votes), among the 5,716 ballots cast by the borough's 7,330 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.0%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 61.4% of the vote (3,382 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 37.8% (2,082 votes) and other candidates with 0.4% (28 votes), among the 5,509 ballots cast by the borough's 7,176 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 76.8.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 73.6% of the vote (2,674 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 25.5% (927 votes), and other candidates with 0.9% (34 votes), among the 3,713 ballots cast by the borough's 7,664 registered voters (78 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 48.4%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 61.7% of the vote (2,410 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 29.6% (1,155 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 7.8% (304 votes) and other candidates with 0.1% (5 votes), among the 3,903 ballots cast by the borough's 7,118 registered voters, yielding a 54.8% turnout.
The Florham Park School District serves public school students in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's three schools had an enrollment of 1,009 students and 86.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.72:1. The schools in the district (with 2011-12 school enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Briarwood Elementary School (grades PreK-2, 333 students), Brooklake Elementary School (3-5, 337) and Ridgedale Middle School (6-8, 339).
Students in public school for ninth through twelfth grades are served by the Hanover Park Regional High School District, attending Hanover Park High School together with students from East Hanover Township, where the school is located. The district also serves students from the neighboring community of Hanover Township at Whippany Park High School in the Whippany section of Hanover Township. As of the 2013-14 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 870 students and 81.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.6:1.
Holy Family School is a Catholic school operated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson. The school opened in 1954 with 173 students and reached a peak enrollment of 700 in the 1960s.
Portions of the College of Saint Elizabeth campus are in Florham Park, including the Villa of Saint Ann, a classical Greek amphitheater built into a hillside, and the original dairy farm for the complex. Portions of the Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus, also are located in Florham Park.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 48.73 miles (78.42 km) of roadways, of which 37.56 miles (60.45 km) were maintained by the municipality, 8.01 miles (12.89 km) by Morris County and 3.16 miles (5.09 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
New Jersey Transit provides bus service from the borough to Newark on the 70 and 73 routes, with local service on routes 878 and 879. Service had been offered on the MCM8 route, which was suspended in 2010 after subsidies to the contract provider were eliminated as part of New Jersey Transit budget cuts.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Florham Park include:
- Kary Antholis (born 1962), Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker.
- Tiki Barber (born 1975), former professional football who played for the New York Giants.
- Salvatore A. Bontempo (1909-1989), politician who served as chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.
- John T. Cunningham, (1915-2012), New Jersey's popular historian.
- Eric Duncan (born 1984), former professional baseball player.
- Mark Guiliana (born 1980), drummer, composer, and leader of the band Beat Music.
- Johan Hedberg (born 1973), former NHL goaltender.
- Ralph A. Loveys (born c. 1929), politician who was elected to three terms in the New Jersey General Assembly, where he represented the 26th Legislative District.
- Bill Raftery (born 1943), basketball analyst and former college basketball coach.
- Tony Siragusa (born 1967), former football player with the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens, and current football analyst for Fox Sports.
- Snooki (born 1987), reality TV personality from the shows Jersey Shore and Snooki & Jwoww.
- Florence Adele Vanderbilt Twombly (1854-1952), heiress and a member of the Vanderbilt family.
- Hamilton McKown Twombly (1849-1910), businessman.
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- Narvaez, Alfonso A. "Salvatore Bontempo, 79, a Leader In New Jersey Democratic Politics", The New York Times, June 22, 1989. Accessed September 12, 2015. "Salvatore A. Bontempo, a former state chairman of the Democratic Party in New Jersey and a government official at the local, state and Federal levels, died of cancer Tuesday at his home in Florham Park, N.J."
- James, George. "IN PERSON; The New Jersey Chronicles", The New York Times, May 10, 1998. Accessed December 18, 2012. "One recent morning, Mr. Cunningham, who had traveled from his home in Florham Park, Morris County, stood on the campus at Stevens Institute of Technology here, being videotaped for a New Jersey Network historical series called New Jersey Legacy, to be broadcast around Christmas."
- Pearce, Jeremy. "IN PERSON; Don't Call Him a Historian", The New York Times, January 5, 2003. Accessed December 18, 2012. "'A century passes and it's not so long ago,' reflected John T. Cunningham, whose words were formed slowly and seemed to float for a moment before him.... For half a century, the words of the Florham Park social historian have reached children studying his textbooks and touched readers exploring his broader histories of the Garden State."
- Kuty, Brendan. "N.J. high school legend Eric Duncan will be 'big asset' to Yankees, official says", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, January 23, 2015. Accessed August 31, 2015. "It's not quite the path Florham Park native Eric Duncan envisioned when the Yankees selected him out of Seton Hall Prep in the first round of the 2003 draft."
- Matzner, Frank A. "Mark Guiliana: New Beats", All About Jazz, April 8, 2008. Accessed May 27, 2014. "All About Jazz: You were born and raised in New Jersey, correct?... MG: I went to school at William Paterson. I'm from Morris County, a town called Florham Park."
- Farberman, Brad. "Mark Guiliana Starts a Rousing New Chapter; A man and his groove", JazzTimes, December 11, 2014. Accessed September 12, 2015. "Born and raised in Florham Park, N.J., Guiliana discovered music at age 15, mostly on his own."
- Sullivan, Joseph F. "LEGISLATURE TO CONFRONT INSURANCE BILLS", The New York Times, December 6, 1987. Accessed September 12, 2015. "The most controversial measure - sponsored by Assemblyman Ralph A. Loveys, Republican of Florham Park and chairman of the Insurance Committee - would forge a major shift in public policy."
- "Bill Raftery to receive Curt Gowdy Media Award", CBS SportsLine.com. Accessed July 3, 2007. "Raftery lives in Florham Park, N.J., with his wife, Joan, and has four children and one grandchild."
- Lowitt, Bruce. "Super Bowl notebook", St. Petersburg Times, January 18, 2001. Accessed August 31, 2015. "New Jersey native Tony Siragusa, a Ravens defensive tackle and resident of Florham Park, N.J., and Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, who lives in nearby Montclair, N.J., have been good friends since meeting two years ago at several charity functions."
- Griffith, Janelle. "Snooki buys new $2.6M Florham Park home", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, January 20, 2015. Accessed January 26, 2015. "Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi is expanding her real estate portfolio. The Jersey Shore alum purchased a $2.6 million home in Florham Park with her husband Jionni LaValle, property records show."
- Florham Park Borough website
- Florham Park School District
- Florham Park School District's 2014–15 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Florham Park School District, National Center for Education Statistics
- Hanover Park Regional High School District
- Hanover Park High School
- Florham Park Eagle newspaper
- Daily Record regional area newspaper
- Fourth of July Parade
- Florham Park Gazebo Concert Series
- Florham Park Environmental Commission