East Brunswick, New Jersey

East Brunswick is a township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. The suburban community is part of the New York City metropolitan area and is located on the southern shore of the Raritan River, directly adjacent to the city of New Brunswick.[19] According to the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 47,512,[8][9][10] reflecting an increase of 756 (+1.6%) from the 46,756 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 3,208 (+7.4%) from the 43,548 counted in the 1990 Census.[20]

East Brunswick, New Jersey
Township of East Brunswick
Typical suburban neighborhood (Dunhams Corner) in East Brunswick
Typical suburban neighborhood (Dunhams Corner) in East Brunswick
Location of East Brunswick Township in Middlesex County.
Location of East Brunswick Township in Middlesex County.
Census Bureau map of East Brunswick, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of East Brunswick, New Jersey
East Brunswick is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey
East Brunswick
East Brunswick
Location in Middlesex County
East Brunswick is located in New Jersey
East Brunswick
East Brunswick
Location in New Jersey
East Brunswick is located in the United States
East Brunswick
East Brunswick
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 40°25′34″N 74°25′06″W / 40.426249°N 74.418244°W / 40.426249; -74.418244Coordinates: 40°25′34″N 74°25′06″W / 40.426249°N 74.418244°W / 40.426249; -74.418244[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
CountyMiddlesex
IncorporatedFebruary 28, 1860
Government
 • TypeFaulkner Act (mayor–council)
 • BodyTownship Council
 • MayorDr. Brad J. Cohen (D, term ends December 31, 2020)[3][4]
 • AdministratorJoseph Criscuolo[3]
 • Municipal clerkNennette Perry[5]
Area
 • Total22.36 sq mi (57.91 km2)
 • Land21.78 sq mi (56.42 km2)
 • Water0.57 sq mi (1.48 km2)  2.56%
Area rank123rd of 565 in state
6th of 25 in county[1]
Elevation131 ft (40 m)
Population
 • Total47,512
 • Estimate 
(2019)[11]
47,611
 • Rank38th of 566 in state
7th of 25 in county[12]
 • Density2,189.6/sq mi (845.4/km2)
 • Density rank276th of 566 in state
20th of 25 in county[12]
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
Area code732[15]
FIPS code3402319000[1][16][17]
GNIS feature ID0882163[1][18]
Websitewww.eastbrunswick.com

East Brunswick was incorporated as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 28, 1860, from portions of both Monroe Township and North Brunswick Township. Portions of the township were taken to form Washington town within the township (February 23, 1870; became independent as South River on February 28, 1898), Helmetta (March 20, 1888), Milltown (January 29, 1889) and Spotswood (April 15, 1908).[21]

As of the 2010 Census, the United States Census Bureau calculated that New Jersey's center of population was located a few hundred feet east of Nenninger Lane, near the New Jersey Turnpike.[22] Based on the results of the 2000 Census, the state's center of population was located on Milltown Road in East Brunswick.[23]

HistoryEdit

The general area of central New Jersey was originally occupied by the Lenape Native Americans. According to a 1677 bill of sale now in the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, New Jersey, Thomas Lawrence, a New York baker, purchased thousands of acres of land from local Native Americans named Querameck, Kesyacs, Isarick, Metapis, Peckawan, and Turantecas. In this document, the area is called Piscopeek, which later become known as Lawrence Brook, after its purchaser. Around the late 17th century, settlers began arriving in the northern part of East Brunswick, and by the mid-19th century, a small settlement had formed in the southeastern part, known as the Old Bridge section of the town, an area that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[24][25]

The area today known as East Brunswick was incorporated in 1860 from parts of North Brunswick and Monroe townships, including the community of Old Bridge.[21] Originally a farming community, suburban settlement started in the 1930s with improved road access. Large scale housing and road construction, especially after World War II, transformed East Brunswick into a more suburban community. The extension of the New Jersey Turnpike to East Brunswick in 1952 led to a sharp spike in population growth, with the 1950 Census population of 5,699 more than tripling to 19,965 as of the 1960 enumeration.[25]

In the early 1970s, a citizens group called Concerned Citizens of East Brunswick sued the New Jersey Turnpike Authority over a proposed major widening project. The citizens group effectively won the case, gaining concessions in turnpike design, scale and mitigation measures for noise and air quality. The citizens group presented technical data from their own experts and prevailed in what was one of the earliest technical confrontations regarding urban highway design related to environmental factors in U.S. history.[26]

East Brunswick was also the site of the gunfight at Turnpike exit 9 shortly after midnight on May 2, 1973, in which a car being driven by Zayd Malik Shakur (born James F. Costan), with Assata Shakur (formerly JoAnne Chesimard) and Sundiata Acoli (born Clark Squire) as passengers, was stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike State Trooper James Harper, backed up by Trooper Werner Foerster in a second patrol vehicle. After Zayd Shakur was asked to step out of the car to address a discrepancy in his identification, a shootout ensued in which Trooper Foerster was shot twice in the head with his own gun and killed, Zayd Shakur was killed, and both Assata Shakur and Trooper Harper were wounded.[27]

GeographyEdit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 22.36 square miles (57.91 km2), including 21.78 square miles (56.42 km2) of land and 0.57 square miles (1.48 km2) of water (2.56%).[1][2]

The township lies on exit 9 of the New Jersey Turnpike. Its Municipal Building, named for 1970s Mayor Jean Walling, is located 31 miles (50 km) southwest of New York City's Times Square and 49 miles (79 km) northeast of Center City, Philadelphia. It takes approximately 45–60 minutes to reach Midtown Manhattan or Center City, Philadelphia, depending on traffic and destination.[28] Route 18 runs through the eastern part of the township.

Lawrence Brook, a tributary of the Raritan River, runs along the western border of the township. Farrington Lake[29] and Westons Mill Pond are sections of the Lawrence Brook that have been widened by the presence of man-made dams.

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Brookview,[citation needed] Dunhams Corner, East Spotswood, Fairview Knolls,[citation needed] Farrington Lake Heights, Gillilandtown,[citation needed] Halls Corner, Herberts,[citation needed] Herberts Corner, Herbertsville, Jamesburg Park,[citation needed], Lawrence Brook, Lawrence Brook Manor,[citation needed] Newton Heights,[citation needed], Orchard Heights,[citation needed] Patricks Corner, Paulas Corner,[citation needed] Tanners Corner, Washington Heights[citation needed] and Westons Mills.,[30] Country Lane

The township borders the Middlesex County municipalities of Edison, Helmetta, Milltown, Monroe Township, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Old Bridge Township, Sayreville, South River, South Brunswick and Spotswood.[31][32][33]

ClimateEdit

Climate data for East Brunswick, 1981-2010
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 71
(22)
75
(24)
88
(31)
95
(35)
97
(36)
100
(38)
103
(39)
102
(39)
101
(38)
94
(34)
82
(28)
76
(24)
103
(39)
Average high °F (°C) 38
(3)
41
(5)
50
(10)
61
(16)
72
(22)
80
(27)
85
(29)
84
(29)
77
(25)
65
(18)
54
(12)
43
(6)
63
(17)
Daily mean °F (°C) 30
(−1)
32
(0)
41
(5)
50
(10)
61
(16)
70
(21)
75
(24)
73
(23)
66
(19)
54
(12)
45
(7)
35
(2)
53
(12)
Average low °F (°C) 21
(−6)
23
(−5)
31
(−1)
40
(4)
50
(10)
59
(15)
64
(18)
63
(17)
55
(13)
43
(6)
35
(2)
27
(−3)
43
(6)
Record low °F (°C) −13
(−25)
−7
(−22)
6
(−14)
16
(−9)
30
(−1)
40
(4)
45
(7)
40
(4)
35
(2)
25
(−4)
13
(−11)
−7
(−22)
−13
(−25)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.10
(104)
2.98
(76)
4.11
(104)
4.08
(104)
4.57
(116)
3.86
(98)
4.97
(126)
4.46
(113)
4.38
(111)
3.39
(86)
3.95
(100)
3.93
(100)
48.78
(1,238)
[citation needed]

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
18602,436
18702,86117.4%
18803,27214.4%
18902,642*−19.3%
19002,423*−8.3%
19101,602*−33.9%
19201,85715.9%
19302,71146.0%
19403,70636.7%
19505,69953.8%
196019,965250.3%
197034,16671.1%
198037,71110.4%
199043,54815.5%
200046,7567.4%
201047,5121.6%
2019 (est.)47,611[11][34][35]0.2%
Population sources: 1860-1920[36]
1860-1870[37] 1870[38] 1880-1890[39]
1890-1910[40] 1910-1930[41]
1930-1990[42] 2000[43][44] 2010[8][9][10]
* = Lost territory in previous decade.[21]

2010 CensusEdit

The 2010 United States Census counted 47,512 people, 16,810 households, and 13,179 families in the township. The population density was 2,189.6 inhabitants per square mile (845.4/km2). There were 17,367 housing units at an average density of 800.4 per square mile (309.0/km2). The racial makeup was 69.36% (32,954) White, 3.98% (1,890) Black or African American, 0.10% (48) Native American, 22.80% (10,835) Asian, 0.01% (6) Pacific Islander, 1.68% (798) from other races, and 2.06% (981) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.70% (3,184) of the population.[8]

Of the 16,810 households, 37.2% had children under the age of 18; 65.8% were married couples living together; 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present and 21.6% were non-families. Of all households, 19.0% 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 2.81 and the average family size was 3.23.[8]

24.1% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 32.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.5 years. For every 100 females, the population had 93.6 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 90.4 males.[8]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $100,655 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,929) and the median family income was $110,948 (+/- $3,838). Males had a median income of $80,527 (+/- $3,109) versus $54,162 (+/- $2,066) for females. The per capita income for the township was $41,518 (+/- $1,366). About 3.0% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.[45]

2000 CensusEdit

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 46,756 people, 16,372 households, and 13,081 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,129.7/mi2 (822.4/km2). There were 16,640 housing units at an average density of 758.0/mi2 (292.7/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 77.56% White, 2.83% African American, 0.09% Native American, 16.27% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.12% from other races, and 2.12% from two or more races. 4.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[43][44]

Of the 16,372 households, 40.5% included children under the age of 18, 68.6% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 17.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.23.[43][44]

In the township the population was spread out, with 26.0% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.[43][44]

The median income for a household in the township was $75,956, and the median income for a family was $86,863. Males had a median income of $60,790 versus $38,534 for females. The per capita income for the township was $33,286. 2.8% of the population and 2.1% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 3.1% of those under the age of 18 and 5.4% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.[43][44]

Ancestries included Italian (15.0%), Irish (13.8%), Polish (11.5%), German (10.6%), Russian (7.8%), United States (4.2%).[46]

Law and governmentEdit

Local governmentEdit

The Township of East Brunswick was established in 1860. Since January 1, 1965, the Township has operated within the Faulkner Act under the Mayor-Council Plan E form of municipal government,[6][47] which is used in 71 municipalities (of the 565) statewide.[48] The governing body is comprised of the Mayor and the five-member Township Council, with all members elected at-large as part of the November general election in even-numbered years. The mayor and two council seats are up for vote together during Presidential election years, with the other seats up for vote two years later. Serving on a part-time basis as the chief executive of the community, the Mayor votes only in the case of a tie on a vote by the Township Council and can veto ordinances, but vetoes can be overridden by a two-thirds vote of the Council. The Township Council adopts ordinances; adopts a budget after review and revisions; makes appropriations; sets taxes and bond issues; creates and abolishes jobs via ordinance; sets salaries and establishes municipal policy. The Council has the authority to initiate hearings for the purposes of gathering information for ordinance making, airing public problems and supervising the spending of its appropriations.[49]

As of 2020, the mayor of East Brunswick is Democrat Dr. Brad J. Cohen, whose term of office ends December 31, 2020.[3] Members of the Township Council are Council President Sterley Stanley (D, 2020), Council Vice President Sharon Sullivan (D, 2022), Kevin McEvoy (D, 2022), Michael Spadafino (D, 2020) and James Wendell (D, 2022).[50][51][52][53][54]

Elected as a Republican, James Wendell announced in July 2017 that he was switching parties, giving Democrats control of the Township Council.[55]

In February 2014, the Township Council appointed Michael Spadafino to fill the seat expiring in December 2016 that had been held by Nancy Pinkin, until she stepped down the previous month to take office in the New Jersey General Assembly.[56] In the November 2014 general election, Spadafino was elected to serve the balance of the term of office.[57]

David Stahl served as mayor from his election in 2012 until his resignation on January 14, 2016, when he left office to take on a judge position in nearby Woodbridge Township.[58] The Township Council appointed Kevin McEvoy, a former history teacher at East Brunswick High School and trustee of the East Brunswick Public Schools, to serve the balance of Stahl's term as mayor that expires in December 2016; McEvoy has stated that he will not run to serve a full term as mayor.[59]

Republicans took control of the Township Council for the first time in 14 years in 2010, as Camille Ferraro, Mike Hughes and James Wendell swept the three seats that were up for election, with voter sentiment focused on controversy over a redevelopment plan for a parcel of land known as the "Golden Triangle".[60] Hughes, the youngest council member ever elected, said the stalled project was keeping property taxes disproportionately high on residents and called for revitalization of business.[61]

Federal, state and county representationEdit

East Brunswick Township is located in the 12th Congressional District[62] and is part of New Jersey's 18th state legislative district.[9][63][64]

For the 116th United States Congress, New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District is represented by Bonnie Watson Coleman (D, Ewing Township).[65][66] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021)[67] and Bob Menendez (Paramus, term ends 2025).[68][69]

For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 18th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Patrick J. Diegnan (D, South Plainfield) and in the General Assembly by Robert Karabinchak (D, Edison) and Nancy Pinkin (D, East Brunswick).[70][71]

Middlesex County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose seven members are elected at-large on a partisan basis to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization meeting held in January, the board selects from among its members a Freeholder Director and Deputy Director. As of 2015, Middlesex County's Freeholders (with party affiliation, term-end year, residence and committee chairmanship listed in parentheses) are Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios (D, term ends December 31, 2015, Carteret; Ex-officio on all committees),[72] Freeholder Deputy Director Carol Barrett Bellante (D, 2017; Monmouth Junction, South Brunswick Township; County Administration),[73] Kenneth Armwood (D, 2016, Piscataway; Business Development and Education),[74] Charles Kenny ( D, 2016, Woodbridge Township; Finance),[75] H. James Polos (D, 2015, Highland Park; Public Safety and Health),[76] Charles E. Tomaro (D, 2017, Edison; Infrastructure Management)[77] and Blanquita B. Valenti (D, 2016, New Brunswick; Community Services).[78][79] Constitutional officers are County Clerk Elaine M. Flynn (D, Old Bridge Township),[80] Sheriff Mildred S. Scott (D, 2016, Piscataway)[81] and Surrogate Kevin J. Hoagland (D, 2017; New Brunswick).[79][82]

PoliticsEdit

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 31,297 registered voters in East Brunswick Township, of which 9,957 (31.8%) were registered as Democrats, 5,298 (16.9%) were registered as Republicans and 16,024 (51.2%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 18 voters registered to other parties.[83]

Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016[84] 41.0% 9,255 55.6% 12,545 3.5% 779
2012[85] 42.8% 9,064 55.9% 11,848 1.3% 275
2008[86] 43.0% 9,967 55.3% 12,817 1.0% 238
2004[87] 45.1% 10,069 53.8% 12,016 0.5% 163

In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 55.9% of the vote (11,848 cast), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 42.8% (9,064 votes), and other candidates with 1.3% (275 votes), among the 21,332 ballots cast by the township's 31,870 registered voters (145 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 66.9%.[88][89] In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 55.3% of the vote (12,817 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 43.0% (9,967 votes) and other candidates with 1.0% (238 votes), among the 23,187 ballots cast by the township's 32,144 registered voters, for a turnout of 72.1%.[86] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 53.8% of the vote (12,016 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 45.1% (10,069 votes) and other candidates with 0.5% (163 votes), among the 22,348 ballots cast by the township's 30,364 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 73.6.[87]

Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2017[90] 42.8% 5,137 54.4% 6,532 2.8% 341
2013[91] 62.3% 7,849 36.4% 4,589 1.6% 164
2009[92] 52.7% 7,805 39.1% 5,799 7.7% 1,135
2005[93] 43.3% 5,958 51.7% 7,109 3.9% 535

In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 62.3% of the vote (7,849 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 36.4% (4,589 votes), and other candidates with 1.3% (164 votes), among the 12,731 ballots cast by the township's 31,870 registered voters (129 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 39.9%.[94] In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 52.7% of the vote (7,805 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 39.1% (5,799 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 6.8% (1,007 votes) and other candidates with 0.9% (128 votes), among the 14,824 ballots cast by the township's 31,116 registered voters, yielding a 47.6% turnout.[95]

EducationEdit

The East Brunswick Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.[96] As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised of 11 schools, had an enrollment of 8,064 students and 687.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.7:1.[97] All students in kindergarten through grade 5 attend the elementary school closest to them. Schools in the district (with 2017-18 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[98]) are Bowne-Munro Elementary School[99] (224 students; in grades K-5), Central Elementary School[100] (399; PreK-5), Murray A. Chittick Elementary School[101] (437; PreK-5), Robert A. Frost Elementary School[102] (466; PreK-5), Irwin Elementary School[103] (439; PreK-5), Lawrence Brook Elementary School[104] (437; PreK-5), Memorial Elementary School[105] (537; PreK-5), Warnsdorfer Elementary School[106] (463; PreK-5), Hammarskjold Middle School[107] for grades 6 and 7 (1,200), Churchill Junior High School[108] for grades eight and nine (1,337) and East Brunswick High School[109] for grades 10-12 (2,082).[110][111] In the 2012 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the district's high school was ranked 45th in New Jersey, after being ranked 48th statewide in 2011.[112]

Eighth grade students from all of Middlesex County are eligible to apply to attend the high school programs offered by the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools, a county-wide vocational school district that offers full-time career and technical education at Middlesex County Academy in Edison, the Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences in Woodbridge Township and at its East Brunswick, Perth Amboy and Piscataway technical high schools, with no tuition charged to students for attendance.[113][114]

Hatikvah International Academy Charter School, a Hebrew language charter school that offers an International Baccalaureate program opened in September 2010 for grades K-7, with plans to add a new grade each year until an eighth grade is offered. A lottery is held each year, with separate draws for residents of East Brunswick Township and non-residents, to allocate the limited number of positions available for each class.[115] The school plans to build a permanent structure as part of the Campus for Jewish Life (formerly known as the YM-YWHA of Raritan Valley) to replace its current facility the school has rented located near Trinity Presbyterian Church.[116] Concerns have been raised regarding the funding for the school, which will come from the East Brunswick Board of Education budget, including $1.34 million for the 2010–11 school year, and that the district will not be able to reduce expenses by the amount that will be paid to the charter school. Hatikvah school officials emphasize that charter schools can often educate students at a lower cost than traditional public schools and that "taxpayers do not pay an extra penny for having a charter school in town, period".[117] The school received $75,000 in grants from foundations to cover the costs of applying for a charter and for getting the school operational.[118] Hatikvah budgeted $11,033 per student for the 2010–11 school year,[119] while the East Brunswick Public Schools budgeted $12,782 per pupil for that same year.[120] As of the 2017–18 school year, the school had an enrollment of 442 students and 34.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.8:1.[121]

Solomon Schechter Day School of Raritan Valley, a Conservative Jewish day school, closed its doors before the start of the 2013–14 school year in the wake of sharply lower enrollment and financial difficulties.[122] During the 2009–10 school year, the school was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive.[123]

Saint Bartholomew's School is a Catholic elementary school serving 323 students in Pre-K through eighth grade as of the 2017–18 school year.[124] The school operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen.[125]

TransportationEdit

Roads and highwaysEdit

 
View north along the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) just south of Exit 9 in East Brunswick

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 205.94 miles (331.43 km) of roadways, of which 176.11 miles (283.42 km) were maintained by the municipality, 19.65 miles (31.62 km) by Middlesex County, 5.48 miles (8.82 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 4.70 miles (7.56 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.[126] The township is served by several major roads and highways.[127]

The New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95) passes through East Brunswick.[128] The Turnpike's Joyce Kilmer service area is located between interchanges 8A and 9 northbound at milepost 78.7.[129] New Jersey Route 18 connects with the turnpike in East Brunswick and provides connections to New Brunswick, U.S. Route 1 and the Jersey Shore.[130] Major county roads that pass through include CR 527[131] and CR 535.[132] Other limited access roads are accessible outside the township, such as the Garden State Parkway in neighboring Sayreville and Old Bridge, and Interstate 287 in neighboring Edison.

The Turnpike's "dual-dual" configuration (car-only and truck lanes) was extended from exit 10 in Edison Township to just south of exit 9 in 1973, then to exit 8A in 1990, and finally to exit 6 in 2014.[133][134]

Public transportationEdit

NJ Transit bus service is provided on the 138 route to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, on the 68 to Jersey City, and on the 811, 815 and 818 local routes.[135][136]

The MCAT shuttle system provides local service on the M2 route serving Brunswick Square, Monroe Township and Jamesburg[137][138] the M3 route, which operates between Brunswick Square and Old Bridge Township[139] and the M7 route between Brunswick Square Mall and South Amboy.[140]

Suburban Transit operates bus routes to New York City every 10–15 minutes from both the Transportation Center and Tower Center; it takes about 30–50 minutes depending on traffic. Service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal is available on Line 100 from Princeton and on Line 400 from the Transportation Center, to 59th Street and Madison Avenue on Line 300, to the United Nations on Line 500, and to Wall Street on Line 600.[141]

East Brunswick is 22 miles (35 km) from Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark / Elizabeth, via the New Jersey Turnpike. John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens is 33.7 miles (54.2 km) away, traveling via the Belt Parkway after crossing through Staten Island. LaGuardia Airport is 34.3 miles (55.2 km) away.

Dating back to 1888, the Raritan River Railroad is a shortline railroad that stretched 12.6 miles (20.3 km) through Middlesex County. Passenger service ended in 1938 and the line, now much-reduced in length and part of Conrail, provides freight service through the township, where two businesses still receive weekly freight shipments of plastic.[142] There have been proposals to turn the line into a light rail corridor.[143]

TourismEdit

  • The Tower Center complex includes two 23-story office towers, a 15-story Hilton Hotel and a Holiday Inn Express hotel, located near the intersection of the New Jersey Turnpike and Route 18. The two towers are among the tallest structures in Central Jersey, and can be seen for several miles.[144]
  • Playhouse 22, East Brunswick's Community Theatre and Performing Arts Center, resides in the multi-purpose Community Arts Center at Heavenly Park. Recognized in 2000 as Community Theatre of the Year in New Jersey, Playhouse 22 has staged many hit musicals, dramas, comedies and original works.[145]
  • Farrington Lake and Westons Mill Pond, two segments of Lawrence Brook, are available to canoeists, kayakers and nature lovers.
  • The township has Tamarack Golf Course, a public golf course operated by the Middlesex County Improvement Authority.[146]
  • Giamarese Farm is a family owned business covering 35 acres (14 ha) and dating to 1941.[147]
  • The Middlesex County Fair Grounds is the site of the week-long Middlesex County Fair held every August, providing festivities and food for families throughout Central Jersey and surrounding regions. First held in 1938, the Fair moved to its current site located on Cranbury Road (County Route 535) in 1965.[148]
  • Crystal Springs Family Waterpark is an aquatic center that hosts 4 various size pools, a splash park, water slides, a lazy river, and more recreational activities.[149] The park opened in 1994[150] and was the first municipal waterpark in New Jersey.[151] The park was built on the site of parts of Dallenbach Lake.[152]

Notable peopleEdit

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with East Brunswick include:

ReferencesEdit

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