Lakewood Township, New Jersey
Lakewood Township is the most populous township in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2019, Population Estimates Program, the United States Census Bureau estimated that the municipality had a population of approximately 106,300 residents. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a total population of 92,843, representing an increase of 32,491 (+53.8%) from the 60,352 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 15,304 (+34.0%) from the 45,048 counted in the 1990 Census. The township ranked as the seventh-most-populous municipality in the state in 2010, after having been ranked 22nd in 2000. It now ranks 5th. The sharp increase in population from 2000 to 2010 was led by increases in the township's Orthodox Jewish and Latino communities.
Lakewood Township, New Jersey
|Township of Lakewood|
Map of Lakewood Township in Ocean County. Inset: Location of Ocean County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||March 23, 1892|
|• Body||Township Committee|
|• Mayor||Raymond G. Coles (D) (term ends December 31, 2020)|
|• Manager||Patrick Donnelly|
|• Municipal clerk||Lauren Kirkman|
|• Total||25.08 sq mi (64.95 km2)|
|• Land||24.68 sq mi (63.92 km2)|
|• Water||0.40 sq mi (1.03 km2) 1.59%|
|Area rank||108th of 565 in state|
12th of 33 in county
|Elevation||49 ft (15 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||5th of 566 in state|
1st of 33 in county
290th in U.S. (2019)
|• Density||3,777.7/sq mi (1,458.6/km2)|
|• Density rank||165th of 566 in state|
5th of 33 in county
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|Area code||732, 848|
Lakewood is a hub of Orthodox Judaism, and is home to the largest yeshiva outside of Israel, the 6,500-student Beth Medrash Govoha, which was founded by Rabbi Aharon Kotler. The large Orthodox population, which comprises more than half the township's population, wields considerable political clout in the township as a voting bloc.
The earliest documented European settlement of the present Lakewood area was by operators of sawmills, from about 1750 forward. One such sawmill – located at the east end of the present Lake Carasaljo – was known as Three Partners Mill from at least 1789 until at least 1814. From 1815 until 1818, in the same area, Jesse Richards had an iron-smelting operation known as Washington Furnace, using the local bog iron ore. The ironworks were revived in 1833 by Joseph W. Brick, who named the business Bergen Iron Works, which also became the name of the accompanying town. In 1865, the town was renamed Bricksburg in 1865, and in 1880, it was renamed Lakewood and became a fashionable winter resort.
Lakewood's developers thought that "Bricksburg" didn't capture their vision for the community, and the names "Brightwood" and "Lakewood" were proposed. After reaching out to area residents, "Lakewood" was chosen, and the United States Postal Service approved the name in March 1880. The name "Lakewood" was intended to focus on the location near lakes and pine forests.
Lakewood was incorporated as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 23, 1892, from portions of Brick Township. Portions of Howell Township in Monmouth County were annexed to Lakewood Township in 1929.
Lakewood's three greatest hotels were the Laurel House (opened in 1880; closed in 1932), the Lakewood Hotel (opened January 1891, closed in 1925), and the Laurel-in-the-Pines (opened December 1891, burned down in 1967). Lakewood's promoters claimed that its winter temperature was usually about ten degrees warmer than that of New York City and were warmer than points located further south, but this claim is not substantiated by official records of the United States Weather Bureau. During the 1890s, Lakewood was a resort for the rich and famous, and The New York Times devoted a weekly column to the activities of Lakewood society. Grover Cleveland spent the winters of 1891-92 and 1892-93 in a cottage near the Lakewood Hotel, commuting to his business in New York City. Mark Twain also enjoyed vacationing in Lakewood. George Jay Gould I acquired an estate at Lakewood in 1896, which is now Georgian Court University. John D. Rockefeller bought a property in 1902 which later became Ocean County Park. Lakewood's hotel business remained strong in the 1920s and 1950s, but went into severe decline in the 1960s. In the 1960s, much of the woods and cranberry bogs in the township were replaced by large housing developments. Leisure Village, a condominium retirement development on the south side of Route 70, opened for sale in 1963.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 25.08 square miles (64.95 km2), including 24.68 square miles (63.92 km2) of land and 0.40 square miles (1.03 km2) of water (1.59%). Lying on the coastal plain, Lakewood is a fairly flat place: three-quarters of it is 20 to 80 feet (6.1 to 24.4 m) above sea level, and its highest point is about 150 feet (46 m).
The North Branch of the Metedeconk River forms the northern boundary and part of the eastern boundary of the township, while the South Branch runs through the township. A southern portion of the township is drained by the north branch of Kettle Creek. As implied in its name, Lakewood township has four lakes, all of them man-made; three of them - Lake Carasaljo, Manetta, and Shenandoah - are on the South Branch of the Metedeconk River, whereas the fourth - Lake Waddill - is on Kettle Creek.
Lakewood CDP (2010 Census population of 53,805), Leisure Village (4,400 as of 2010) and Leisure Village East (4,217 as of 2010) are unincorporated communities and census-designated places (CDPs) located within Lakewood Township.
Other unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Greenville, Lake Carasaljo, Seven Stars and South Lakewood.
Portions of the township are part of an Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ), one of 32 zones covering 37 municipalities statewide. Lakewood was selected in 1994 as one of a group of 10 zones added to participate in the program. In addition to other benefits to encourage employment within the UEZ, shoppers can take advantage of a reduced 3.3125% sales tax rate (half of the 6+5⁄8% rate charged statewide) at eligible merchants. Established in November 1994, the township's Urban Enterprise Zone status expires in October 2025. The UEZ is overseen by the Lakewood Development Corporation, which works to foster the UEZ and the businesses that operate inside it through loan and grant programs.
Arts and cultureEdit
The South Atlantic League's Jersey Shore BlueClaws, the Class A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, play at FirstEnergy Park. The BlueClaws, previously known as the Lakewood Blue Claws, have led the league in attendance every year since its formation in 2001 up until 2011, with more than 380,000 fans in the 2001 season, representing an average attendance of more than 6,200 fans per game.
Parks and recreationEdit
Ocean County Park offers tennis courts, sports fields, hiking trails, beach volleyball, a driving range, swimming and cross-country skiing. Lakes Carasaljo and Shenandoah have canoe and kayak access, and jogging trails. The Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum is located on the campus of Georgian Court University.
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1930-1990 2000 2010
The 2010 United States census counted 92,843 people, 24,283 households, and 17,362 families in the township. The population density was 3,777.7 per square mile (1,458.6/km2). There were 26,337 housing units at an average density of 1,071.6 per square mile (413.7/km2). The racial makeup was 84.33% (78,290) White, 6.35% (5,898) Black or African American, 0.30% (276) Native American, 0.84% (777) Asian, 0.02% (14) Pacific Islander, 6.68% (6,199) from other races, and 1.50% (1,389) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.30% (16,062) of the population.
Of the 24,283 households, 43.2% had children under the age of 18; 58.5% were married couples living together; 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present and 28.5% were non-families. Of all households, 24.6% were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.73 and the average family size was 4.49.
41.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 11.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23.9 years. For every 100 females, the population had 98.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 94.0 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $41,527 (with a margin of error of +/- $1,797) and the median family income was $45,420 (+/- $2,296). Males had a median income of $39,857 (+/- $4,206) versus $32,699 (+/- $2,365) for females. The per capita income for the township was $16,430 (+/- $565). About 21.9% of families and 26.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.0% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 60,352 people, 19,876 households, and 13,356 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,431.8 people per square mile (938.8/km2). There were 21,214 housing units at an average density of 854.8 per square mile (330.0/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 78.77% White, 12.05% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.39% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.61% from other races, and 2.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.80% of the population.
There were 19,876 households, out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.64.
In the township the population was spread out, with 31.8% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 15.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $35,634, and the median income for a family was $43,806. Males had a median income of $38,967 versus $26,645 for females. The per capita income for the township was $16,700. About 15.7% of families and 19.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.9% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.
The median value of owner occupied housing is $322,000 with an average mortgage of $2,216 and additional housing expenses of $807. The median gross rent is $1463.
Lakewood Township is governed under the Township form of New Jersey municipal government, one of 141 municipalities (of the 565) statewide that use this form, the second-most commonly used form of government in the state. The Township Committee is comprised of five members, who are elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle. At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor.
The Township Committee controls all legislative powers of the Township except for health matters, which are controlled by the Board of Health. In addition, the Committee appoints members to boards, commissions, and committees. Each member of the township committee serves as a liaison to different divisions, departments, and committees.
The mayor, elected from among members of the committee, presides at meetings and performs other duties as the Township Committee may prescribe. The mayor has the power to appoint subcommittees with the consent of the committee. When authorized, he or she may execute documents on behalf of the township, makes proclamations concerning holidays and events of interest, and exercises ceremonial power of the Township and other powers conferred upon him by law.
As of 2020[update], the members of the Lakewood Township Committee are Mayor Ray Coles (D, term on committee and as mayor ends December 31, 2020), Deputy mayor Menashe Miller (R, term on committee ends December 31, 2021; term as deputy mayor ends 2020), Albert Akerman (R, 2022), Michael J. D'Elia Sr. (R, 2020) and Meir Lichtenstein (D, 2021).
Lakewood Township is served by the Lakewood Police Department (LPD), which provides police protection for the township. It has several specialized units: Traffic and Safety, School Resource Officers, Special Response Team (SWAT), Dive Team, and a Motorcycle Patrol and Bicycle Patrol unit in the spring and summer. The current Chief of Police is Gregory Meyer.
Lakewood Township is served by the Lakewood Fire Department (LFD), a unified combination consisting of four Volunteer Fire Stations and one career fire station which provide fire protection for the township.
The fire department was founded in October 1888. The Board of Fire Commissioners was created in 1896. The first motorized equipment was purchased in 1915. The largest fire in township history occurred on April 20, 1940, when a forest fire destroyed over 50 structures and burned down most of the southern half of town. The largest loss of life caused by fire occurred on February 12, 1936 when the Victoria Mansion Hotel (valued at $100,000) located on the southeast corner of Lexington Avenue and Seventh Street, was destroyed in a fire and 16 people died. The largest structure fire in department history occurred on March 29, 1967, when the block-long Laurel in the Pines Hotel was leveled by a suspicious fire that also killed three people. The last fire hose was picked up a week later when the fire was finally declared out.
There are currently 16 career firefighters and approximately 75 volunteer firefighters.
The Chief of the Lakewood Fire Department is Mike D'Elia Jr.
- Engine Co#1 - Engine 1, Engine 11; 119 First Street
- Rescue Fire Co#2 - Engine 2, Tower 1, Utility 1; 1350 Lanes Mills Road
- Junior Hose Co#3 - Engine 3; 976 New Hampshire Avenue
- Junior Hose Co#3 - Ladder 1, Engine 33; 170 Lafayette Boulevard
- Reliance Hose Co#4 - Engine 4, Engine 44; 300 River Avenue
- Lakewood Fire District#1 - Engine 5; 735 Cedar Bridge Avenue
- Fire Police - Fire Police 1 (FP1); Monmouth Ave Station
Lakewood Township is served by three emergency medical services (EMS) entities, which include Lakewood EMS (LEMS), Lakewood First Aid & Emergency Squad (LFAS) and Hatzolah EMS. The squads are all independently operated, but work together to provide emergency medical services for the township. Lakewood First Aid & Emergency Squad and Hatzolah EMS are volunteer organizations, while Lakewood EMS is a career municipal service under the direction of EMS Chief Crystal Van de Zilver. In the event of a motor vehicle accident, Lakewood First Aid & Emergency Squad are the primary providers of vehicle extrication services for the township and Hatzolah EMS serves as backup.
The three organizations collectively have approximately 150 volunteer and paid EMTs. Hatzolah also has a paramedic unit by special arrangement with Monmouth Ocean Hospital Service Corporation (MONOC).
- Volunteer squads
- Lakewood First Aid & Emergency Squad - Squad 25 - 1555 Pine Street
- Hatzolah EMS - Squad 45 - Monmouth Avenue and 3rd Street, 501 West County Line Road at Heathwood Avenue
- EMS Department
- Lakewood EMS - Squad 52 - 1555 Pine Street
Federal, state, and county representationEdit
For the 117th United States Congress, New Jersey's Fourth Congressional District is represented by Chris Smith (R, Hamilton Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2027) and Bob Menendez (Harrison, term ends 2025).
For the 2020–2021 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 30th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Robert Singer (R, Lakewood Township) and in the General Assembly by Sean T. Kean (R, Wall Township) and Ned Thomson (R, Wall Township).
Ocean County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members, elected on an at-large basis in partisan elections and serving staggered three-year terms of office, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization held in the beginning of January, the board chooses a Director and a Deputy Director from among its members. As of 2019[update], Ocean County's Freeholders (with party affiliation, term-end year, residence and department directorship listed in parentheses) are Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines (R, 2019, Toms River; Parks and Recreation and Natural Lands), Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Kelly (R, 2019, Eagleswood Township; Law and Public Safety), Gerry P. Little (R, 2021, Surf City; Roads), Gary Quinn (R, 2021, Lacey Township; Human Services and Transportation) and Joseph H. Vicari (R, 2020, Toms River; Senior Services and County Operations). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Scott M. Colabella (R, 2019, Barnegat Light), Sheriff Michael Mastronardy (R, 2019; Toms River) and Surrogate Jeffrey Moran (R, 2023, Beachwood).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 37,925 registered voters in Lakewood Township, of which 6,417 (16.9%) were registered as Democrats, 13,287 (35.0%) were registered as Republicans, and 18,202 (48.0%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 19 voters registered to other parties. Among the township's 2010 Census population, 40.8% (vs. 63.2% in Ocean County) were registered to vote, including 70.2% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 82.6% countywide).
In the 2020 presidential election, Republican Donald Trump received 82.5% of the vote (30,648 votes), ahead of Democrat Joe Biden with 17.2% (6,397 votes), and other candidates with 0.3% (117 votes). In the 2016 presidential election, Republican Donald Trump received 74.4% of the vote (17,914 votes), ahead of Democrat Hillary Clinton with 24.2% (5,841 votes), and other candidates with 1.4% (333 votes). In the 2012 presidential election. Republican Mitt Romney received 72.9% of the vote (19,273 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 26.7% (7,062 votes), and other candidates with 0.3% (87 votes), among the 26,590 ballots cast by the township's 41,233 registered voters (168 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 64.5%. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 69.1% of the vote (19,173 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 29.7% (8,242 votes), and other candidates with 0.5% (144 votes), among the 27,750 ballots cast by the township's 39,640 registered voters, for a turnout of 70.0%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 66.4% of the vote (16,045 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 32.5% (7,852 votes) and other candidates with 0.4% (137 votes), among the 24,152 ballots cast by the township's 35,217 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 68.6.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 82.4% of the vote (11,850 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 16.9% (2,427 votes), and other candidates with 0.7% (107 votes), among the 14,921 ballots cast by the township's 41,567 registered voters (537 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 35.9%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 54.9% of the vote (10,528 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 30.8% (5,910 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 2.6% (506 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (142 votes), among the 19,171 ballots cast by the township's 37,928 registered voters, yielding a 50.5% turnout.
The Lakewood School District serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, and is broken up into three different stages of schooling. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of eight schools, had an enrollment of 6,767 students and 492.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.7:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Lakewood Early Childhood Center with 206 students in PreK, Ella G. Clarke School with 606 students in grades 2-5, Clifton Avenue School with 365 students in grades 2-5, Oak Street School with 794 students in grades 1-5, Piner Elementary School with 509 students in grades PreK-1, Spruce Street School with 479 students in grades PreK-1, Lakewood Middle School with 1,334 students in grades 6-8 and Lakewood High School with 1,243 students in grades 9-12.
In recent years, the Lakewood School District has had budgetary issues, shutting down briefly in 2019 due to a funding deficit. The district spends more money on special education programs than any other district in the state and has a high bill for mandatory busing to non-public schools. Town leaders also cite imbalanced state funding formulas as the root of the district's financial problems.
Georgian Court University is a private, Roman Catholic university located on the shores of Lake Carasaljo. Founded in 1908 by the Sisters of Mercy as a women's college in North Plainfield, New Jersey, the school moved to the former estate of George Jay Gould I in Lakewood in 1924. Women made up 88% of the student population in Fall 2006.
There are many yeshivas and Jewish day schools serving the Orthodox Jewish community, with the school district providing busing to 18,000 students enrolled at 74 yeshivas as of 2011, and 25,000 by 2016. Beth Medrash Govoha has an enrollment in excess of 5,000, making it one of the world's largest yeshivas; the yeshiva is a post high school institution for higher education, where students primarily focus on the study of the talmud and Jewish Law.
The Roman Catholic-affiliated Holy Family School served youth from pre-school through 8th grade under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton. In 2014, the diocese announced that the school was closing at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, as fewer students were enrolling.
Roads and highwaysEdit
As of May 2010[update], the township had a total of 193.15 miles (310.84 km) of roadways; of which 135.26 miles (217.68 km) were maintained by the municipality, 43.28 miles (69.65 km) by Ocean County, 11.22 miles (18.06 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and 3.39 miles (5.46 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
The Garden State Parkway is the most prominent highway in Lakewood. It passes through the eastern part of the municipality, connecting Toms River in the south to Brick in the north with one major interchange serving Lakewood at exit 89. Drivers can access Route 70 from exit 89, after exit 88 was permanently closed in November 2014. The state and U.S. routes that pass through are Route 70, Route 88 and Route 9. Major county routes that pass through are CR 526, CR 528, CR 547 and CR 549.
The Lakewood Bus Terminal is a regional transit hub. NJ Transit provides bus service on the 137 and 139 routes to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City, to Philadelphia on the 317 route, to Newark on the 67 and to Atlantic City on the 559.
The Lakewood Shuttle is a bus with two routes: one in town, and one in Industrial Park.
The Monmouth Ocean Middlesex Line (MOM) is a passenger rail project proposed by NJ Transit Rail Operations (NJT) to serve the Central New Jersey counties of Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex which would serve Lakewood.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Lakewood Township include:
- Allen L. Rothenberg Esq. (born 1951), president of the National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs(COLPA).
- Rabbi Yitzchak Abadi (born 1933), posek.
- Morton I. Abramowitz (born 1933), diplomat.
- Val Ackerman (born 1959), first president of the Women's National Basketball Association.
- Jay Alders (class of 1996), fine artist, photographer and graphic designer, best known for his original surf art paintings.
- Joe Baum (1920–1998), restaurateur.
- Spider Bennett (born 1943), professional basketball player in the ABA with the Dallas Chaparrals and Houston Mavericks.
- Rabbi Yisroel Pinchos Bodner, author of books on various topics of halakha.
- Brandon Carter (born 1986), offensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Haakon Chevalier (1901–1985), author, translator, and professor of French literature at the University of California, Berkeley, best known for his friendship with physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer.
- Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen, posek and author.
- Michael Cudlitz (born 1964), actor who has appeared in Southland and Band of Brothers.
- Ngo Dinh Diem (1901–1963), first president of South Vietnam.
- Marc Ecko (born 1972), founder and CEO of Eckō Unltd.
- Rabbi Shimon Eider (died 2007), author on halakha and expert on the construction of eruvin.
- Rabbi Mendel Epstein, convicted leader of a kidnapping ring.
- Dick Estelle (born 1942), pitcher who played for the San Francisco Giants.
- Mike Gesicki (born 1995), tight end who plays for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League.
- Hazel Gluck (born 1934), politician and lobbyist who served in the New Jersey General Assembly and held several posts in the cabinet of Governor Thomas Kean.
- George Jay Gould I (1864–1923), financier and railroad executive, whose estate became Georgian Court University.
- Virginia E. Haines (born 1946), politician who serves on the Ocean County Board of chosen freeholders and had served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1992 to 1994 and as Executive Director of the New Jersey Lottery from 1994 to 2002.
- Rabbi Yehudah Jacobs (c. 1940–2020), mashgiach ruchani at Beth Medrash Govoha.
- Serge Jaroff (1896–1985), conductor, composer and founder of the Don Cossack Chorus.
- Stan Kasten (born 1952), president and part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and former President of the Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers.
- Edith Kingdon (1864–1921), actress wife of George Jay Gould I.
- Rabbi Aharon Kotler (1891–1962), founder of the Beth Medrash Govoha yeshiva and a pre-eminent authority on Torah in the 20th Century among Haredi Jews.
- Rabbi Shneur Kotler (1918–1982), rosh yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha.
- Cliff Kresge (born 1968), professional golfer.
- Meir Lichtenstein, first Haredi mayor of a U.S. municipality with a significant non-Jewish population.
- Joseph Mayer (1877–1942), mayor of Belmar, New Jersey who later served on the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
- Sonia Handelman Meyer (born 1920), photographer best known for her street photography as a member of the New York Photo League.
- Purnell Mincy (1916–2003), Negro league baseball pitcher from 1938 to 1940.
- Charles W. Morse (1856–1933), Wall Street speculator.
- Loren Murchison (1898–1979), Olympic athlete who won gold medals in 1920 and 1924 in the 4x100m relay event.
- Arthur Newton Pack (1893–1975), naturalist and writer who founded the American Nature Association and the periodical Nature Magazine.
- Haydn Proctor (1903–1996), member of the New Jersey Senate.
- Rabbi Yosef Reinman, author who has written about inter-community dialogue within Judaism.
- Richard Roberts (born 1957), pharmaceutical executive, philanthropist and political activist.
- John D. Rockefeller (1839–1937), industrialist and philanthropist, had an estate in Lakewood, as well as other homes in Ohio, New York, and Florida. His family donated a large tract of land it owned in Lakewood to Ocean County, where the County built the current Ocean County Park on Route 88, Lakewood.
- Robert Schmertz (1926–1975), founder and CEO of Leisure Technology Corp. and former owner of the Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics.
- Armin Shimerman (born 1949), actor, best known for playing the Ferengi bartender Quark in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
- Betsy Sholl (born 1945), poet who was poet laureate of Maine from 2006 to 2011
- Arthur Siegel (1923–1994), songwriter.
- Robert Singer (born 1947), member of the New Jersey Senate and former Mayor of Lakewood Township.
- J. R. Smith (born 1985), NBA basketball player who plays for Cleveland Cavaliers.
- Lew Soloff (born 1944), jazz trumpeter.
- Yisroel Taplin, author of The Date Line in Halacha.
- Penina Taylor, counter-missionary speaker.
- Steve Tisch (born 1948), film producer and chairman of the New York Giants.
- Harry Lancaster Towe (1898–1991), politician who represented New Jersey's 9th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1943 to 1951.
- Marc Turtletaub (born 1946), CEO of The Money Store and film producer and director
- Jake Turx (born 1986), senior White House correspondent and chief political correspondent for Ami magazine.
- Charles Waterhouse (1924–2013), artist.
- Mookie Wilson (born 1956), baseball player, mostly notably with the New York Mets.
- Spoto, MaryAnn (June 30, 2017). "11 things to know about Lakewood, suddenly the newsiest town in N.J." The Star-Ledger.
- Steve Strunsky (April 16, 2019). "Lakewood yeshiva looks to use old golf course for new campus". New Jersey On-Line LLC. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
Beth Medrash Gohova is said to be the world’s largest Jewish-affiliated university outside of Israel.
- Stephen Stirling. "10 ways Lakewood is unlike anywhere else in N.J." NJ Advance Media. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
The sea change can be pinned to one event: The founding of the Beth Medrash Govoha yeshiva in the mid-20th century. The Orthodox Jewish community has set down roots en masse around the religious school, which is now the largest yeshiva in North America.
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- "Bearing Witness: The New York Photo League and Sonia Handelman Meyer", Mint Museum. Accessed December 6, 2019. "The exhibition features a special spotlight on the work of Sonia Handelman Meyer. Born in Lakewood, New Jersey in 1920, Meyer spent most of her life in New York City."
- Edelson, Stephen. "Was Purnell Mincy the Jersey Shore's greatest athlete?", Asbury Park Press, February 20, 2015. Accessed October 17, 2020. "Purnell Mincy was a three-sport star at Lakewood, graduating in 1937.... I'm beginning to think Lakewood's Purnell Mincy might be the greatest athlete the Jersey Shore has ever produced...."
- Staff. "Charles W. Morse's Marriage Annulled; Divorce Mrs. Morse Secured from First Husband Pronounced Illegal.", The New York Times, January 8, 1904. Accessed February 10, 2011. "They gave up that house a few months ago, and have been living at their home in Lakewood, N.J., and at their Summer cottage at Bath, Me."
- Staff. "Loren Murchison, 80, Track Star", The New York Times, June 14, 1979. Accessed February 9, 2011. "For the last 16 years he had resided in Leisure Village, a retirement community in Lakeville [sic]."
- Pack Family,- Arizona Historical Society. Accessed November 23, 2017. "Arthur Newton Pack was born February 20th, 1893, in Cleveland, Ohio.... He eventually moved to Lakewood, New Jersey where he lived until his death in 1937."
- Thomas Jr., Robert McG."Haydn Proctor, 93, a Judge And New Jersey State Senator", The New York Times, October 5, 1996. Accessed February 10, 2011. "Haydn Proctor, a longtime New Jersey official who operated at the highest levels of all three branches of state government, died on Wednesday at a hospital near his home in Lakewood, N.J."
- Staff. "N.J. corruption arrests strike core of Deal's Syrian Jewish community", The Star-Ledger, July 23, 2009. Accessed February 10, 2011. "'These are only allegations. All these people are innocent until proven guilty,' said Yosef Reinman, a rabbi and author in Lakewood's sizable Orthodox Jewish community, which is less than 20 miles from Deal."
- Kornbluh, Jacob. "Trump Names Two Top Advisers to Head 'Israel Advisory Committee'; Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman charged with coming up with alternative solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.", Haaretz, July 14, 2016. Accessed May 16, 2017. "Dr. Richard Roberts, a prominent Republican donor from Lakewood, NJ has been appointed as vice chair."
- Ocean County Park Archived 2008-09-14 at the Wayback Machine, Ocean County Department of Parks & Recreation. Accessed February 9, 2011. "Ocean County Park was originally part of Financier John D. Rockefeller's vacation estate."
- via United Press International. "Bulls' Bid Denied", Times-Union, July 12, 1972. Accessed February 10, 2011. "Robert Schmertz, a real estate executive from Lakewood, has received unanimous approval from the National Basketball Association Board of Governors to purchase the Boston Celtics, but another group was rejected in its bid to buy the Chicago Bulls."
- P., Ken. "An Interview with Armin Shimerman: Deep Space Nine's Quark discusses his career." Archived 2011-07-13 at the Wayback Machine, IGN, August 4, 2003. Accessed February 9, 2011. "IGN Filmforce: Am I correct in understanding that you're originally from Lakewood, New Jersey? Armin Shimerman: Yes ... a small town in the mid-section of New Jersey, Ocean County. It was a great, great childhood and it was a terrific town – probably still is. I haven't been there for decades. I keep waiting for them to invite me back to be sort of a VIP at one of their parades, but it hasn't happened yet."
- Betsy Sholl, Poets & Writers, updated April 28, 2014. Accessed July 22, 2020. "Born in: Lakewood; Raised in: Brick Town, NJ"
- Staff. "Arthur Siegel, Song Composer And Pianist, 70", The New York Times, September 17, 1994. Accessed August 5, 2013. "Mr. Siegel, whose career in show business spanned nearly five decades, was born in Lakewood, N.J., on Dec. 31, 1923, and grew up in Asbury Park, N.J. He came to New York City in the 1930s and studied at the Juilliard School and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he met the entertainer Eddie Cantor's daughter and got his first big break as Cantor's accompanist."
- Lowe, Herbert. "A Game Of Musical Chairs When A Senator Died This Summer, An Assembly Candidate Replaced Him In The State Senate.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 26, 1993. Accessed February 10, 2011. "Republican Robert W. Singer, a former mayor of Lakewood Township, is seeking his first term as state senator. Singer, 45, was serving his third two-year term in the Assembly until moving over to the Senate on October 14 to succeed John Dimon, who died in September."
- The Nuggets interviews: J.R. Smith, The Denver Post, February 11, 2007. "J.R. Smith had his parents and a big family growing up, which helped get him through the mean streets of Lakewood, N.J."
- Biography, LewSoloff.com. Accessed September 5, 2011. "Born in Brooklyn, on February 20, 1944, Soloff was raised in Lakewood, New Jersey and started studying piano at an early age."
- Dershowitz, Yitzchok. The legacy of Maran Rav Aharon Kotler, p. 442. Feldheim Publishers, 2005. ISBN 1-58330-875-X. Accessed February 10, 2011. "Footnote 113: Yet, Rebbetzin Taplin, the wife of Rav Yisroel Taplin of Lakewood..."
- Gros, Michael. "The Teshuvah Journey: Making Up For Lost Time" Archived 2011-07-13 at the Wayback Machine, The Jewish Press. August 19, 2010. Accessed February 10, 2011. "Penina grew up in a turbulent, loosely affiliated Jewish home in Lakewood, New Jersey."
- Staff. "Steve Tisch", Los Angeles Times. Accessed February 9, 2011. "Born in Lakewood, N.J., Tisch graduated from Tufts University and began his entertainment career as Peter Guber's assistant at Columbia Pictures."
- Staff. "Harry L. Towe, 92, A Former Congressman", The New York Times, February 10, 1991. Accessed November 19, 2017. "Harry Lancaster Towe, a former Congressman and deputy attorney general of New Jersey, died on Friday at his home in Lakewood, N.J. He was 92 years old."
- "From the Money Store to making movies: How a Lakewood native got to Hollywood". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
- Staff. "Col. Charles Waterhouse of Ocean County has spent a lifetime painting the faces of those who fight our wars.", Asbury Park Press, December 16, 2006. Accessed February 9, 2011. "Waterhouse, a Perth Amboy native who now lives in Lakewood with his wife, spoke from the museum at 17 Washington St. in Toms River."
- Vecsey, George. "Sport Of The Times; Building Toward the Days of October", The New York Times, May 29, 1988. Accessed August 20, 2012. "Shortly after his classic time at bat in the sixth game of the 1986 World Series, Wilson and his wife, Rosa, started an educational center for girls, Mookie's Roses, near their home in Lakewood, N.J."
- Nahshoni, Kobi. "Bnei Brak gets twin sister; Ultra-Orthodox city in central Israel signs Twin City Alliance with Lakewood, New Jersey, which has large haredi community", Ynetnews, May 31, 2011. Accessed March 24, 2016. "The ultra-Orthodox central city of Bnei Brak has found a twin sister overseas – Lakewood, New Jersey, which also has a very large haredi community."
- Axel-Lute, Paul. Lakewood-in-the-Pines: A History of Lakewood, New Jersey, self-published, 1986 (South Orange, NJ)
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