Trenton, New Jersey
Trenton is the capital city of the U.S. state of New Jersey and the county seat of Mercer County. It briefly served as the capital of the United States in 1784. The city's metropolitan area, consisting of Mercer County, is grouped with the New York Combined Statistical Area by the United States Census Bureau, but it directly borders the Philadelphia metropolitan area and was from 1990 until 2000 part of the Philadelphia Combined Statistical Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, Trenton had a population of 84,913, making it the state's tenth most populous municipality. The Census Bureau estimated that the city's population was 84,034 in 2014.
Trenton, New Jersey
|City of Trenton|
Turning Point of the Revolution.
"Trenton Makes, The World Takes"
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Founded||June 3, 1719|
|Incorporated||November 13, 1792|
|Named for||William Trent|
|• Type||Faulkner Act|
|• Body||City Council|
|• Mayor||Reed Gusciora (term ends June 30, 2022)|
|• Administrator||Terry K. McEwen|
|• Municipal clerk||Dwayne M. Harris|
|• Total||8.155 sq mi (21.122 km2)|
|• Land||7.648 sq mi (19.809 km2)|
|• Water||0.507 sq mi (1.313 km2) 6.21%|
|Area rank||228th of 565 in state|
9th of 12 in county
|Elevation||49 ft (15 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||10th of 565 in state|
2nd of 12 in county
|• Density||11,101.9/sq mi (4,286.5/km2)|
|• Density rank||26th of 565 in state|
1st of 12 in county
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0885421|
Trenton dates back at least to June 3, 1719, when mention was made of a constable being appointed for Trenton while the area was still part of Hunterdon County. Boundaries were recorded for Trenton Township as of March 2, 1720. a courthouse and jail were constructed in Trenton around 1720, and the Freeholders of Hunterdon County met annually in Trenton. Trenton became New Jersey's capital as of November 25, 1790, and the City of Trenton was formed within Trenton Township on November 13, 1792. Trenton Township was incorporated as one of New Jersey's initial groups of 104 townships by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. On February 22, 1834, portions of Trenton Township were taken to form Ewing Township. The remaining portion of Trenton Township was absorbed by the City of Trenton on April 10, 1837. A series of annexations took place over a 50-year period, with the city absorbing South Trenton borough (April 14, 1851), portions of Nottingham Township (April 14, 1856), both the Borough of Chambersburg Township, and Millham Township (both on March 30, 1888), as well as Wilbur Borough (February 28, 1898). Portions of Ewing Township and Hamilton Township were annexed to Trenton on March 23, 1900.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Climate
- 4 Ecology
- 5 Demographics
- 6 Economy
- 7 Landmarks
- 8 Sports
- 9 Parks and recreation
- 10 Government
- 11 Fire department
- 12 Education
- 13 Crime
- 14 Transportation
- 15 Media
- 16 Notable people
- 17 References
- 18 External links
The first settlement which would become Trenton was established by Quakers in 1679, in the region then called the Falls of the Delaware, led by Mahlon Stacy from Handsworth, Sheffield, England. Quakers were being persecuted in England at this time and North America provided an opportunity to exercise their religious freedom.
By 1719, the town adopted the name "Trent-towne", after William Trent, one of its leading landholders who purchased much of the surrounding land from Stacy's family. This name later was shortened to "Trenton".
During the American Revolutionary War, the city was the site of the Battle of Trenton, George Washington's first military victory. On December 25–26, 1776, Washington and his army, after crossing the icy Delaware River to Trenton, defeated the Hessian troops garrisoned there. After the war, the Confederation Congress briefly met in Trenton in November and December 1784. While the city was preferred by New England and other northern states as a permanent capital for the new country, the southern states ultimately prevailed in their choice of a location south of the Mason–Dixon line.
Throughout the 19th century, Trenton grew steadily, as European immigrants came to work in its pottery and wire rope mills. In 1837, with the population now too large for government by council, a new mayoral government was adopted, with by-laws that remain in operation to this day.
The Trenton Six were a group of black men arrested for allegedly murdering a white man with a soda bottle. They were arrested without warrants, denied lawyers, and sentenced to death based on what were described as coerced confessions. With the involvement of the Communist Party and the NAACP, there were several appeals, resulting in a total of four trials. Eventually the accused men (with the exception of one who died in prison) were released. The incident was the subject of the book Jersey Justice: The Story of the Trenton Six, written by Cathy Knepper.
Riots of 1968Edit
The Trenton Riots of 1968 were a major civil disturbance that took place during the week following the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King in Memphis on April 4. Race riots broke out nationwide following the murder of the civil rights activist. More than 200 Trenton businesses, mostly in Downtown, were ransacked and burned. More than 300 people, most of them young black men, were arrested on charges ranging from assault and arson to looting and violating the mayor's emergency curfew. In addition to 16 injured policemen, 15 firefighters were treated at city hospitals for smoke inhalation, burns, sprains and cuts suffered while fighting raging blazes or for injuries inflicted by rioters. Citizens of Trenton's urban core often pulled false alarms and would then throw bricks at firefighters responding to the alarm boxes. This experience, along with similar experiences in other major cities, effectively ended the use of open-cab fire engines. As an interim measure, the Trenton Fire Department fabricated temporary cab enclosures from steel deck plating until new equipment could be obtained. The losses incurred by downtown businesses were initially estimated by the city to be $7 million, but the total of insurance claims and settlements came to $2.5 million.
Trenton's Battle Monument neighborhood was hardest hit. Since the 1950s, North Trenton had witnessed a steady exodus of middle-class residents, and the riots spelled the end for North Trenton. By the 1970s, the region had become one of the most blighted and crime-ridden in the city.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 8.155 square miles (21.122 km2), including 7.648 square miles (19.809 km2) of land and 0.507 square mile (1.313 km2) of water (6.21%).
Several bridges across the Delaware River – the Trenton–Morrisville Toll Bridge, Lower Trenton Bridge and Calhoun Street Bridge – connect Trenton to Morrisville, Pennsylvania, all of which are operated by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.
Trenton is located near the exact geographic center of the state, which is 5 miles (8.0 km) located southeast of Trenton. The city is sometimes included as part of North Jersey and as the southernmost city of the Tri-State Region, while others consider it a part of South Jersey and thus, the northernmost city of the Delaware Valley.
However, Mercer County constitutes its own metropolitan statistical area, formally known as the Trenton-Ewing MSA. Locals consider Trenton to be a part of an ambiguous area known as Central Jersey, and thus part of neither region. They are generally split as to whether they are within New York or Philadelphia's sphere of influence. While it is geographically closer to Philadelphia, many people who have recently moved to the area commute to New York City, and have moved there to escape the New York region's high housing costs.
Trenton borders Ewing Township, Hamilton Township and Lawrence Township in Mercer County; and Falls Township, Lower Makefield Township and Morrisville in Bucks County, Pennsylvania across the Delaware River.
The city of Trenton is home to numerous neighborhoods and sub-neighborhoods. The main neighborhoods are taken from the four cardinal directions (North, South, East, and West). Trenton was once home to large Italian, Hungarian, and Jewish communities, but, since the 1950s, demographic shifts have changed the city into a relatively segregated urban enclave of middle and lower income African Americans. Italians are scattered throughout the city, but a distinct Italian community is centered in the Chambersburg neighborhood, in South Trenton. This community has been in decline since the 1970s, largely due to economic and social shifts to the suburbs surrounding the city. Today Chambersburg has a large Latino community. Many of the Latino immigrants are from Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua. There is also a significant and growing Asian community in the Chambersburg neighborhood primarily made up of Burmese and Bhutanese/Nepali refugees.
The North Ward, once a mecca for the city's middle class, is now one of the most economically distressed, torn apart by race riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968. Nonetheless, the area still retains many important architectural and historic sites. North Trenton still has a large Polish-American neighborhood that borders Lawrence Township, many of whom attend St. Hedwig's Roman Catholic Church on Brunswick Avenue. St. Hedwig's church was built in 1904 by Polish immigrants, many of whose families still attend the church. North Trenton is also home to the historic Shiloh Baptist Church—one of the largest houses of worship in Trenton and the oldest African American church in the city, founded in 1888. The church is currently pastored by Rev. Darrell L. Armstrong, who carried the Olympic torch in 2002 for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Also located just at the southern tip of North Trenton is the city's Battle Monument, also known as "Five Points". It is a 150 ft (46 m) structure that marks the spot where George Washington's Continental Army launched the Battle of Trenton during the American Revolutionary War. It faces downtown Trenton and is a symbol of the city's historic past.
East Ward is the smallest neighborhood in Trenton and is home to the Trenton Transit Center and Trenton Central High School. The Chambersburg neighborhood is within the East Ward and was once noted in the region as a destination for its many Italian restaurants and pizzerias. With changing demographics, many of these businesses have either closed or relocated to suburban locations.
West Ward is the home of Trenton's more suburban neighborhoods.
Neighborhoods in the city include:
- Downtown Trenton
- East Trenton
- Western Trenton (not the same as West Trenton, which is outside the city limits in Ewing)
- South Trenton
- North Trenton
According to the Köppen climate classification, Trenton lies in the transition from a humid subtropical (Cfa) to a cooler humid continental climate (Dfa), favoring the former, with four seasons of approximately equal length and precipitation fairly evenly distributed through the year. The Cfa climate is the result of adiabatic warming of the Appalachians, low altitude and proximity to the coast without being on the immediate edge for moderate temperatures.
Winters are cold and damp: the daily average temperature in January is 32.0 °F (0.0 °C), and temperatures at or below 10 °F (−12 °C) occur on 3.9 nights annually, while there are 16–17 days where the temperature fails to rise above freezing. episodes of extreme cold and wind can occur with wind chill values < 0 °F (< -18 °C). The plant hardiness zone at the Trenton Municipal Court is 7a with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of 1.2 °F (-17.1 °C). The average seasonal (Nov-Apr) snowfall total is between 24 and 30 inches (61 and 76 cm), and the average snowiest month is February which corresponds with the annual peak in nor'easter activity.
Summers are hot and humid, with a July daily average of 75.7 °F (24.3 °C); temperatures reaching or exceeding 90 °F (32 °C) occur on 15–16 days. episodes of extreme heat and humidity can occur with heat index values ≥ 100 °F (≥ 38 °C). Extremes in air temperature have ranged from −14 °F (−26 °C) on February 9, 1934, up to 106 °F (41 °C) as recently as July 22, 2011. However, air temperatures reaching 0 °F (−18 °C) or 100 °F (38 °C) are uncommon.
The average precipitation is 48.34 inches (1,230 mm) per year, which is fairly evenly distributed through the year. The driest month on average is February, with 2.81 in (71 mm) of precipitation on average, while the wettest month is July with 5.32 in (135 mm) of rainfall on average which corresponds with the annual peak in thunderstorm activity. The all-time single-day rainfall record is 7.25 in (184.2 mm) on September 16, 1999, during the passage of Hurricane Floyd. The all-time monthly rainfall record is 14.55 in (369.6 mm) in August 1955, due to the passage of Hurricane Connie and Hurricane Diane. The wettest year on record was 1996, when 67.90 in (1,725 mm) of precipitation fell. On the flip side, the driest month on record was October 1963, when only 0.05 in (1.3 mm) of rain was recorded. The 28.79 in (731 mm) of precipitation recorded in 1957 were the lowest ever for the city.
Snowfall can vary even more year to year. The average seasonal (Nov-Apr) snowfall total is between 24 and 30 inches (61 and 76 cm), but has ranged from as low as 2 in (5.1 cm) in the winter of 1918–19 to as high as 76.5 in (194.3 cm) in 1995–96, which included the greatest single-storm snowfall, the Blizzard of January 7–8, 1996, when 24.2 inches (61.5 cm) of snow fell. The average snowiest month is February which corresponds with the annual peak in nor'easter activity.
|Climate data for Trenton, New Jersey (1981–2010 normals)|
|Record high °F (°C)||73
|Mean maximum °F (°C)||59
|Average high °F (°C)||39.0
|Daily mean °F (°C)||31.1
|Average low °F (°C)||23.2
|Mean minimum °F (°C)||8
|Record low °F (°C)||−13
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||3.16
|Average snowfall inches (cm)||6.0
|Average relative humidity (%)||65.4||61.7||58.0||57.0||62.1||66.1||66.2||68.8||69.8||68.8||66.9||66.5||64.8|
|Average dew point °F (°C)||21.7
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||163.1||169.7||207.4||227.2||248.1||262.8||269.2||252.5||215.0||201.5||149.3||140.1||2,505.9|
|Percent possible sunshine||54||57||56||57||56||58||59||59||57||58||50||48||56|
|Source #1: NOAA (sun 1961–1981)|
|Source #2: PRISM Climate Group (humidity and dew point)|
According to the A. W. Kuchler U.S. potential natural vegetation types, Trenton, New Jersey would have an Appalachian Oak (104) vegetation type with an Eastern Hardwood Forest (25) vegetation form.
|Population sources: 1790–1920|
1840 1850–1870 1850
1870 1880–1890 1910–1930
1930–1990 2000 2010
* = Territory change in previous decade.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 84,913 people, 28,578 households, and 17,746.938 families residing in the city. The population density was 11,101.9 per square mile (4,286.5/km2). There were 33,035 housing units at an average density of 4,319.2 per square mile (1,667.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 26.56% (22,549) White, 52.01% (44,160) Black or African American, 0.70% (598) Native American, 1.19% (1,013) Asian, 0.13% (110) Pacific Islander, 15.31% (13,003) from other races, and 4.10% (3,480) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 33.71% (28,621) of the population.
There were 28,578 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 25.1% were married couples living together, 28.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.9% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.40.
In the city, the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32.6 years. For every 100 females there were 106.5 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 107.2 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $36,601 (with a margin of error of +/- $1,485) and the median family income was $41,491 (+/- $2,778). Males had a median income of $29,884 (+/- $1,715) versus $31,319 (+/- $2,398) for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,400 (+/- $571). About 22.4% of families and 24.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.3% of those under age 18 and 17.5% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 85,403, people, 29,437 households, and 18,692 families residing in the city. The population density was 11,153.6 people per square mile (4,304.7/km²). There were 33,843 housing units at an average density of 4,419.9 per square mile (1,705.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 52.06% Black, 32.55% White, 0.35% Native American, 0.84% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 10.76% from other races, and 3.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.53% of the population.
There were 29,437 households, 32.4% of which had children under the age of 18 living with them. 29.0% were married couples living together, 27.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.38.
In the city the age distribution of the population shows 27.7% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,074, and the median income for a family was $36,681. Males had a median income of $29,721 versus $26,943 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,621. About 17.6% of families and 21.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.8% of those under age 18 and 19.5% of those age 65 or over.
Trenton was a major manufacturing center in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One relic of that era is the slogan "Trenton Makes, The World Takes", which is displayed on the Lower Free Bridge (just north of the Trenton–Morrisville Toll Bridge). The city adopted the slogan in 1917 to represent Trenton's then-leading role as a major manufacturing center for rubber, wire rope, ceramics and cigars.
Along with many other United States cities in the 1970s, Trenton fell on hard times when manufacturing and industrial jobs declined. Concurrently, state government agencies began leasing office space in the surrounding suburbs. State government leaders (particularly governors William Cahill and Brendan Byrne) attempted to revitalize the downtown area by making it the center of state government. Between 1982 and 1992, more than a dozen office buildings were constructed primarily by the state to house state offices. Today, Trenton's biggest employer is still the state of New Jersey. Each weekday, 20,000 state workers flood into the city from the surrounding suburbs.
Urban Enterprise ZoneEdit
Portions of Trenton 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 at eligible merchants (versus the 7% rate charged statewide).
Trenton has long been part of the Philadelphia television market. However, following the 2000 United States Census, Trenton was shifted from the Philadelphia metropolitan statistical area to the New York metropolitan statistical area. With a similar shift by the New Haven, Connecticut, area to the New York area, they were the first two cases where metropolitan statistical areas differed from their defined Nielsen television markets.
- New Jersey State Museum – Combines a collection of archaeology and ethnography, fine art, cultural history and natural history.
- New Jersey State House was originally constructed by Jonathan Doane in 1792, with major additions made in 1845, 1865 and 1871.
- New Jersey State Library serves as a central resource for libraries across the state as well as serving the state legislature and government.
- Trenton City Museum – Housed in the Italianate style 1848 Ellarslie Mansion since 1978, the museum features artworks and other materials related to the city's history.
- Trenton War Memorial – Completed in 1932 as a memorial to the war dead from Mercer County during World War I and owned and operated by the State of New Jersey, the building is home to a theater with 1,800 seats that reopened in 1999 after an extensive, five-year-long renovation project.
- Old Barracks – Dating back to 1758 and the French and Indian War, the Barracks were used by both the Continental Army and British forces during the Revolutionary War and stands as the last remaining colonial barracks in the state.
- Trenton Battle Monument – Located in the heart of the Five Points neighborhood, the monument was built to commemorate the Continental Army's victory in the December 26, 1776, Battle of Trenton. The monument was designed by John H. Duncan and features a statue of George Washington atop a pedestal that stands on a granite column 148 feet (45 m) in height.
- Trenton City Hall – The building was constructed based on a 1907 design by architect Spencer Roberts and opened to the public in 1910. The council chambers stand two stories high and features a mural by Everett Shinn that highlights Trenton's industrial history.
- William Trent House – Constructed in 1719 by William Trent, who the following year laid out what would become the city of Trenton, the house was owned by Governor Lewis Morris, who used the house as his official residence in the 1740s. Governor Philemon Dickerson used the home as his official residence in the 1830s, as did Rodman M. Price in the 1850s.
|Trenton Thunder||EL, Baseball||Arm & Hammer Park||New York Yankees||1994||3|
Because of Trenton's near-equal distance to both New York City and Philadelphia, and because most homes in Mercer County receive network broadcasts from both cities, locals are sharply divided in fan loyalty between both cities. It is common to find Philadelphia's Phillies, Eagles, 76ers, Union and Flyers fans cheering (and arguing) right alongside fans of New York's Yankees, Mets, Nets, Knicks, Rangers, Islanders, Jets, Red Bulls and Giants or the New Jersey Devils.
Between 1948 and 1979, Trenton Speedway, located in adjacent Hamilton Township, hosted world class auto racing. Drivers such as Jim Clark, A. J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Bobby Unser, Richard Petty and Bobby Allison raced on the one mile (1.6 km) asphalt oval and then re-configured 1½ mile race track. The speedway, which closed in 1980, was part of the larger New Jersey State Fairgrounds complex, which also closed in 1983. The former site of the speedway and fairgrounds is now the Grounds for Sculpture.
The Trenton Thunder, a Double-A minor league team affiliated with the New York Yankees that is owned by Joe Plumeri, plays at 6,341-seat Arm & Hammer Park, the stadium which Plumeri had previously named after his father in 1999.
The Trenton Freedom of the Professional Indoor Football League were founded in 2013 and played their games at the Sun National Bank Center. The Freedom ended operations in 2015, joining the short-lived Trenton Steel (in 2011) and Trenton Lightning (in 2001) as indoor football teams that had brief operating lives at the arena.
Parks and recreationEdit
- Cadwalader Park – city park designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who is most famous for designing New York City's Central Park.
- Adams and Sickles Building (added January 31, 1980 as #80002498) is a focal point for West End neighborhood, and is remembered for its soda fountain and corner druggist.
- Friends Burying Ground, adjacent to the Trenton Friends Meeting House, is the burial site of several national and state political figures prominent in the city's early history.
- Trenton Friends Meeting House (added April 30, 2008 as #08000362), dating back to 1739, it was occupied by the British Dragoons in 1776 and by the Continental Army later in the Revolutionary War.
The City of Trenton is governed within the Faulkner Act, formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law, under the Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council) system of municipal government by a mayor and a seven-member city council. Three city council members are elected at-large, and four come from each of four wards. The mayor and council members are elected concurrently on a non-partisan basis to four-year terms of office as part of the May municipal election.
Mayor and CouncilEdit
As of 2018[update], the mayor of Trenton is Reed Gusciora, who had previously served in the New Jersey General Assembly until taking office as mayor. Members of the city council are Council President Kathy McBride (At-Large), Jerell Blakeley (At-Large), Marge Caldwell-Wilson (North Ward), Joseph Harrison (East Ward), George Muschal (South Ward), Santiago Rodriquez (At-Large) and Robin Vaughn (West Ward), all serving terms of office ending June 30, 2022.
Interim mayor 2014Edit
From February 7 to July 1, 2014, the acting mayor was George Muschal who retroactively assumed the office on that date due to the felony conviction of Tony F. Mack, who had taken office on July 1, 2010. Muschal, who was council president, was selected by the city council to serve as the interim mayor to finish the term.
Mayor's conviction and removal from officeEdit
On February 7, 2014, Mack and his brother, Raphiel Mack, were convicted by a federal jury of bribery, fraud and extortion, based on the details of their participation in a scheme to take money in exchange for helping get approvals to develop a downtown parking garage as part of a sting operation by law enforcement. Days after the conviction, the office of the New Jersey Attorney General filed motions to have Mack removed from office, as state law requires the removal of elected officials after convictions for corruption. Initially, Mack fought the removal of him from the office but on February 26, a superior court judge ordered his removal and any actions taken by Mack between February 7 and the 26th could have been reversed by Muschal. Previously, Mack's housing director quit after it was learned he had a theft conviction. His chief of staff was arrested trying to buy heroin. His half-brother, whose authority he elevated at the city water plant, was arrested on charges of stealing. His law director resigned after arguing with Mack over complying with open-records laws and potential violations of laws prohibiting city contracts to big campaign donors.
Federal, state and county representationEdit
Trenton is located in the 12th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 15th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Trenton had been split between the 4th Congressional District and the 12th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.
For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 15th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Shirley Turner (D, Lawrence Township, Mercer County) and in the General Assembly by Reed Gusciora (D, Trenton) and Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D, Trenton). Reynolds-Jackson was sworn into office on February 15, 2018 to fill the seat of Elizabeth Maher Muoio, who had resigned from office on January 15, 2018 to serve as Treasurer of New Jersey.
Mercer County is governed by a County Executive who oversees the day-to-day operations of the county and by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders that acts in a legislative capacity, setting policy. All officials are chosen at-large in partisan elections, with the executive serving a four-year term of office while the freeholders serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats up for election each year. As of 2014[update], the County Executive is Brian M. Hughes (D, term ends December 31, 2015; Princeton). Mercer County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chair Andrew Koontz (D, 2016; Princeton), Freeholder Vice Chair Samuel T. Frisby, Sr. (2015; Trenton), Ann M. Cannon (2015; East Windsor Township), Anthony P. Carabelli (2016; Trenton), John A. Cimino (2014, Hamilton Township), Pasquale "Pat" Colavita, Jr. (2015; Lawrence Township) and Lucylle R. S. Walter (2014; Ewing Township) Mercer County's constitutional officers are County Clerk Paula Sollami-Covello (D, 2015), Sheriff John A. Kemler (D, 2014) and Surrogate Diane Gerofsky (D, 2016).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 37,407 registered voters in Trenton, of which 16,819 (45.0%) were registered as Democrats, 1,328 (3.6%) were registered as Republicans and 19,248 (51.5%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 12 voters registered to other parties.
|2016||7.7% 1,715||90.6% 20,131||1.7% 379|
|2012||6.2% 1,528||93.4% 23,125||0.4% 97|
|2008||8.2% 2,157||89.9% 23,577||0.5% 141|
|2004||16.3% 3,791||79.8% 18,539||0.4% 146|
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 93.4% of the vote (23,125 cast), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 6.2% (1,528 votes), and other candidates with 0.4% (97 votes), among the 27,831 ballots cast by the city's 40,362 registered voters (3,081 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 69.0%. In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 89.9% of the vote here (23,577 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 8.2% (2,157 votes) and other candidates with 0.5% (141 votes), among the 26,229 ballots cast by the city's 41,005 registered voters, for a turnout of 64.0%. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 79.8% of the vote here (18,539 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 16.3% (3,791 votes) and other candidates with 0.4% (146 votes), among the 23,228 ballots cast by the city's 39,139 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 59.3.
|2017||8.6% 872||89.8% 9,128||1.7% 169|
|2013||24.7% 3,035||74.7% 9,179||0.7% 77|
|2009||12.4% 1,560||81.6% 10,235||3.5% 440|
|2005||15.3% 1,982||81.0% 10,484||3.6% 471|
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Democrat Barbara Buono received 74.7% of the vote (9,179 cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 24.7% (3,035 votes), and other candidates with 0.6% (77 votes), among the 11,884 ballots cast by the city's 38,452 registered voters (407 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 30.9%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 81.6% of the vote here (10,235 ballots cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 12.4% (1,560 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 2.4% (305 votes) and other candidates with 1.1% (135 votes), among the 12,537 ballots cast by the city's 38,345 registered voters, yielding a 32.7% turnout.
The city of Trenton is protected on a full-time basis by the city of Trenton Fire and Emergency Services Department (TFD), which has been a paid department since 1892 after having been originally established in 1747 as a volunteer fire department. The TFD operates out of seven fire stations and operates a fire apparatus fleet of 7 engines, 3 ladders, and one rescue, along with one HAZMAT unit, an air cascade unit, a mobile command unit, a foam unit, one fireboat, and numerous other special, support and reserve units, under the command of a Battalion Chief per shift.
- Fire station locations and apparatus
|Engine company||Ladder company||Special unit||Address|
|Engine 1||Ladder 1 (Tiller)||Marine 1(Fire Boat)||460 Calhoun Street|
|Engine 3(Squrt)||Ladder 2(Tiller)||720 S. Broad Street|
|Engine 6||561 N. Clinton Avenue|
|Engine 7||502 Hamilton Avenue|
|Engine 8||Battalion Chief 1||698 Stuyvesant Avenue|
|Engine 9||Foam Unit 1||1464 W. State Street|
|Engine 10||Tower Ladder 4||Rescue 1, Haz-Mat 1, Mobile Command Unit, Air Cascade Unit||244 Perry Street|
Colleges and universitiesEdit
Trenton is the home of two post-secondary institutions—Thomas Edison State University serving adult students around the nation and worldwide and Mercer County Community College's James Kearney Campus.
The College of New Jersey, formerly named Trenton State College, was founded in Trenton in 1855 and is now located in nearby Ewing Township. Rider University was founded in Trenton in 1865 as The Trenton Business College. In 1959, Rider moved to its current location in nearby Lawrence Township.
The Trenton Public Schools serve students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The district is one of 31 former Abbott districts statewide, which are now referred to as "SDA Districts" based on the requirement for the state to cover all costs for school building and renovation projects in these districts under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority. The superintendent runs the district and the school board is appointed by the mayor. The school district has undergone a 'construction' renaissance throughout the district.
As of the 2014–15 school year, the district and its 22 schools had an enrollment of 13,881 students and 1,005.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.8:1. Schools in the district (with 2014–15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Stokes Early Childhood Center (197 students in PreK), Columbus Elementary School (334 students in grades K-5), Franklin Elementary School (372; K-5), Grant Elementary School (514; K-5), Gregory Elementary School (352; K-5), P.J. Hill Elementary School (360; K-5), Jefferson Elementary School (420; K-5), Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary School (624; K-5), Mott Elementary School (417; K-5), Parker Elementary School (537; K-5), Robbins Elementary School (412; K-4), Paul S. Robeson Elementary School (541; K-5), Washington Elementary School (280; K-4), Wilson Elementary School (414; K-5), Grace A. Dunn Middle School (956; 6–8), Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School (459; 6–8), Joyce Kilmer Middle School (453; 6–8), Luis Munoz Rivera Middle School (454; 6–8), Daylight/Twilight Alternative High School (9–12; 469), Trenton Central High School (1,561; 9–12) and Trenton Central High School West (688; 9–12).
Trenton is home to several charter schools, including Capital Preparatory Charter High School, Emily Fisher Charter School, Foundation Academy Charter School, International Charter School, Paul Robeson Charter School, and Village Charter School.
The International Academy of Trenton, owned and monitored by the SABIS school network, became a charter school in 2014. On February 22, 2017, Trenton's mayor, Eric Jackson, visited the school when it opened its doors in the former Trenton Times building on 500 Perry Street, after completion of a $17 million renovation project. After receiving notice from the New Jersey Department of Education that the school's charter would not be renewed due to issues with academic performance and school management, the school closed its doors on June 30, 2018.
Trenton Catholic Academy high school serves students in grades 9–12, while Trenton Catholic Academy grammar school serves students in Pre-K through 8th grade; both schools operate under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.
Trenton Community Music School is a not-for-profit community school of the arts. The school was founded by executive director Marcia Wood in 1997. The school operates at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church (on Tuesdays) and the Copeland Center for the Performing Arts (on Saturdays).
In 2005, there were 31 homicides in Trenton, which at that time was the largest number in a single year in the city's history. The city was named the 4th "Most Dangerous" in 2005 out of 129 cities with a population of 75,000 to 99,999 ranked nationwide in the 12th annual Morgan Quitno survey. In the 2006 survey, Trenton was ranked as the 14th most dangerous city overall out of 371 cities included nationwide in the Morgan Quitno survey, and was again named as the fourth most dangerous municipality of 126 cities in the 75,000–99,999 population range. Homicides went down in 2006 to 20, but back up to 25 in 2007.
In September 2011, the city laid off 108 police officers due to budget cuts; this constituted almost one-third of the Trenton Police Department and required 30 senior officers to be sent out on patrols in lieu of supervisory duties.
In 2013, the city set a new record with 37 homicides. In 2014, there were 23 murders through the end of July and the city's homicide rate was on track to break the record set the previous year until an 81-day period when there were no murders in Trenton; the city ended the year with 34 murders. The number of homicides declined to 17 in 2015.
New Jersey State PrisonEdit
The New Jersey State Prison (formerly Trenton State Prison) has two maximum security units. It houses some of the state's most dangerous individuals, which included New Jersey's death row population until the state banned capital punishment in 2007.
The following is inscribed over the original entrance to the prison:
Labor, Silence, Penitence.
The Penitentiary House,
Erected By Legislative
Richard Howell, Governor.
In The XXII Year Of
That Those Who Are Feared
For Their Crimes
May Learn To Fear The Laws
And Be Useful
Hic Labor, Hic Opus.
Roads and highwaysEdit
As of May 2010[update], the city had a total of 168.80 miles (271.66 km) of roadways, of which 145.57 miles (234.27 km) were maintained by the municipality, 11.33 miles (18.23 km) by Mercer County, 10.92 miles (17.57 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 0.98 miles (1.58 km) by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.
City highways include the Trenton Freeway, which is part of U.S. Route 1, and the John Fitch Parkway, which is part of Route 29. Canal Boulevard, more commonly known as Route 129, connects US 1 and Route 29 in South Trenton. U.S. Route 206, Route 31, and Route 33 also pass through the city via regular city streets (Broad Street/Brunswick Avenue/Princeton Avenue, Pennington Avenue, and Greenwood Avenue, respectively).
Public transportation within the city and to/from its nearby suburbs is provided in the form of local bus routes run by NJ Transit. SEPTA also provides bus service to adjacent Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
The Trenton Transit Center, located on the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor, serves as the northbound terminus for SEPTA's Trenton Line (local train service to Philadelphia) and southbound terminus for NJ Transit Rail's Northeast Corridor Line (local train service to New York Penn Station). The train station also serves as the northbound terminus for the River Line, a diesel light rail line that runs to Camden. Two additional River Line stops, Cass Street and Hamilton Avenue, are located within the city.
Long-distance transportation is provided by Amtrak train service along the Northeast Corridor.
The closest commercial airport is Trenton–Mercer Airport in Ewing Township, about 8 miles (13 km) from the center of Trenton, which has been served by Frontier Airlines offering service to and from 13 points nationwide, after service cuts in January 2015.
Other nearby major airports are Newark Liberty International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport, located 55.2 miles (88.8 km) and 43.4 miles (69.8 km) away, respectively, and reachable by direct New Jersey Transit or Amtrak rail link (to Newark) and by SEPTA Regional Rail (to Philadelphia).
NJ Transit Bus Operations provides bus service between Trenton and Philadelphia on the 409 route, with service to surrounding communities on the 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 606, 607, 608, 609 and 611 routes.
Trenton is served by two daily newspapers: The Times and The Trentonian, as well as a monthly advertising magazine: "The City" Trenton N.E.W.S.. Radio station WKXW is also licensed to Trenton. Defunct periodicals include the Trenton True American. A local television station, WPHY-CD TV-25, serves the Trenton area.'
Trenton is officially part of the Philadelphia television market but some local pay TV operators also carry stations serving the New York market. While it is its own radio market, many Philadelphia and New York stations are easily receivable.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Trenton include:
- Charles Conrad Abbott (1843–1919), archaeologist and naturalist.
- Jean Acker (1893–1978), film actress who was the estranged wife of silent film star Rudolph Valentino.
- Samuel Alito (born 1950), Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Orfeo Angelucci (1912–1993), contactee who claimed to be in ongoing contact with extraterrestrial beings.
- George Antheil (1900–1959), pianist, composer, writer and inventor.
- Henry W. Antheil Jr. (1912-1940), American diplomat killed in the shootdown of the Kaleva airplane by Soviet aircraft in the wake of the Soviet occupation of the Baltic States.
- James Francis Armstrong (1750–1816), chaplain in the American Revolutionary War and a Presbyterian minister for 30 years in Trenton.
- Samuel John Atlee (1739–1786), soldier and statesman who was a delegate to the Continental Congress for Pennsylvania.
- Terrance Bailey (born 1965), former basketball player who led NCAA Division I in scoring playing for Wagner College in 1985–86.
- Stephen Hart Barlow (1895–?), served as Quartermaster General of New Jersey from 1934 to 1942.
- Hodgy Beats (born 1990 as Gerard Damien Long), member of the Los Angeles hip-hop collective Odd Future.
- Bo Belinsky (1936–2001), professional baseball player.
- Geoffrey Berman (born 1959), lawyer currently serving as the Interim United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
- Elvin Bethea (born 1946), Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end who played his entire NFL career with the Houston Oilers.
- John T. Bird (1829–1911), represented New Jersey's 3rd congressional district (1869–1873).
- James Bishop (1816–1895), represented New Jersey's 3rd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives (1855–1857).
- Mike Bloom (1915-1993), professional basketball player for the Baltimore Bullets, Boston Celtics, Minneapolis Lakers and Chicago Stags.
- Edward Bloor (born 1950), novelist.
- Clifford Bluemel (1885–1973), United States Army brigadier general who commanded the 31st Division during the Battle of Bataan before being captured by Japanese forces and held as a prisoner of war.
- Edward Marshall Boehm (1913–1969), sculptor and his wife Helen Boehm (1920–2010), who promoted his works.
- Steve Braun (born 1948), professional baseball player.
- Edward Y. Breese (1912–1979) was a popular fiction writer.
- J. Hart Brewer (1844–1900), represented New Jersey's 2nd congressional district (1881–1885).
- Frank O. Briggs (1851–1913), politician who was the mayor of Trenton from 1899 to 1902, and United States Senator from New Jersey from 1907 to 1913.
- Tal Brody (born 1943), Euroleague basketball shooting guard, drafted # 12 in the NBA draft.
- Betty Bronson (1907–1971), actress.
- John Brooks (1920–1993), writer and longtime contributor to The New Yorker magazine.
- Antron Brown (born c. 1976), drag racer who became the sport's first African American champion when he won the 2012 Top Fuel National Hot Rod Association championship.
- Michele Brown, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
- James Buchanan (1839–1900), represented New Jersey's 2nd congressional district from 1885 to 1893.
- Newton A.K. Bugbee (1876–1965), businessman and politician who served as New Jersey State Comptroller and chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee, and was the Republican candidate for Governor of New Jersey in 1919.
- Robert J. Burkhardt (1916–1999), politician who served as Secretary of State of New Jersey and chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.
- Jude Burkhauser (1947–1998), artist, museum curator and researcher.
- John Cadwalader (1742–1786), commander of Pennsylvania troops during the American Revolutionary War.
- John Lambert Cadwalader (1836–1914), lawyer who was a name partner of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.
- Lambert Cadwalader (1742–1823), merchant who fought in the Revolutionary War, then represented New Jersey in the Continental Congress and the United States House of Representatives.
- Thomas Cadwalader (1707–1779), physician and namesake of Cadwalader Park.
- Jon Caldara, libertarian activist who serves as the president of the Independence Institute.
- Wally Campbell (1926–1954), stock car, midget, and sprint car racer who was the 1951 NASCAR Modified champion.
- Carman (born 1956), contemporary Christian music singer.
- Shawn Corey Carter (born 1969, a.k.a. Jay-Z), rap mogul, CEO.
- George Case (1915–1989), outfielder who played for the Washington Senators.
- Terrance Cauthen (born 1976), lightweight boxer who won a bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics.
- Charles Chapman (1950–2011), jazz guitarist.
- Aneesh Chopra (born 1972), served as the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States.
- Brian Cichocki (born 1973), actor, director, comedian. 
- Donald Cogsville former soccer player who earned six caps with the U.S. national team who is CEO of a real estate investment firm.
- Richie Cole (born 1948), jazz alto saxophonist.
- Johnny Coles (1926–1997), jazz trumpeter.
- Martin Connor, former member of the New York State Senate.
- Gwynneth Coogan (born 1965), former Olympic athlete, educator and mathematician.
- Hollis Copeland (born 1955), former professional basketball player who played for the New York Knicks.
- Frank William Crilley (1883–1947), United States Navy diver and a recipient of the Medal of Honor.
- Richard Crooks (1900–1972), tenor at the New York Metropolitan Opera.
- Willard S. Curtin (1905–1996), member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.
- Bernard Cywinski (1940–2011), architect who designed the Liberty Bell Center at Independence National Historical Park.
- Sarah Dash (born 1944), singer, formerly of glam rock group, Labelle.
- William Lewis Dayton Jr. (1839–1897), United States Ambassador to the Netherlands.
- Harry Deane (1846–1925), early professional baseball player.
- Wayne DeAngelo (born 1965), politician who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2008, where he represents the 14th Legislative District.
- Mathias J. DeVito (c. 1930-2019), businessperson and lawyer who served as the president and chief executive officer of The Rouse Company.
- Philemon Dickinson (1739–1809), lawyer and politician who served as a brigadier general of the New Jersey militia, as a Continental Congressman from Delaware and a United States Senator from New Jersey.
- J.J. Dillon (born 1945), former professional wrestler.
- David Dinkins (born 1927), first black mayor of New York City.
- George Washington Doane (1799–1859), churchman, educator (founder of Doane Academy) and bishop in the Episcopal Church for the Diocese of New Jersey.
- Dan Donigan (born 1967), former professional soccer player.
- Frederick W. Donnelly (1866–1935), politician who served as Mayor of Trenton from 1911 until 1932.
- Richard Grant Augustus Donnelly (1841–1905), politician who served as Mayor of Trenton from 1884 to 1886.
- Ruth Donnelly (1896–1982), stage and film actress.
- Al Downing (born 1941), professional baseball player.
- Brian Duperreault (born 1947), CEO of AIG
- John Easton (1933-2001), baseball player who played briefly for the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Harrington Emerson (1853–1931), efficiency engineer and business theorist.
- Nick Frascella (1914-2000), basketball player who played in the National Basketball League for the Akron Goodyear Wingfoots.
- Samuel Gibbs French (1818–1910), Major General in the Confederate States Army.
- Dave Gallagher (born 1960), professional baseball player.
- Samuel Goss (born 1947), boxerwho competed in the men's bantamweight event at the 1968 Summer Olympics.
- Greg Grant (born 1966), NBA basketball player.
- Mel Groomes (1927-1997), football player and baseball coach who played for the Detroit Lions.
- Thomas Hardiman (born 1947), former handball player who competed in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.
- Roxanne Hart (born 1952), actress who appeared in the film Highlander and on television in Chicago Hope.
- Jacke Healey (born 1988), college baseball coach and former shortstop who is co-head coach of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies baseball team.
- Harry Heher (1889-1972), Justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court.
- Nona Hendryx (born 1944), singer formerly of glam rock group Labelle.
- Roy Hinson (born 1961), professional basketball player.
- Janis Hirsch (born c. 1950) is a comedy writer best known for producing and writing for television series.
- Charles R. Howell (1904–1973), represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives (1949–55).
- Peter Hujar (1934–1987), photographer best known for his black-and-white portraits.
- Elijah C. Hutchinson (1855–1932), represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district (1915–1923).
- William J. Johnston (1918–1990), Medal of Honor recipient for gallantry during World War II.
- Dahntay Jones (born 1980), professional basketball player.
- Nicholas Katzenbach (born 1922), U.S. Attorney General during the Johnson Administration.
- Patrick Kerney (born 1976), defensive end who played in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks.
- Richard Kind (born 1956), actor and voice actor, known for his roles in the sitcoms Mad About You (as Dr. Mark Devanow) and Spin City (as Paul Lassiter).
- Tad Kornegay (born 1982) defensive back for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.
- Ernie Kovacs (1919–1962), television comedian and film actor.
- Dick LaRossa (born 1946), politician and former television presenter who served two terms in the New Jersey Senate, where he represented the 15th Legislative District.
- A. Leo Levin (1919–2015), law professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
- Jonathan LeVine (born 1968), owner of Jonathan LeVine Gallery.
- Judith Light (born 1949), actress.
- Sol Linowitz (1913–2005), diplomat, lawyer, and businessman.
- Brandel Littlejohn, professional wrestler who competes for Ring of Honor, where he performs under the ring name "Cheeseburger".
- Amy Locane (born 1971), actress.
- Kareem McKenzie (born 1979), offensive tackle for the New York Giants of the National Football League.
- Thomas Maddock (1818–1899), inventor and potter who started the American indoor toilet industry.
- N. Gregory Mankiw (born 1958), macroeconomist.
- William Mastrosimone (born 1947), playwright.
- Joseph P. Merlino (1922-1998), politician who served as President of the New Jersey Senate from 1978 to 1981.
- Bob Milacki (born 1964), former MLB pitcher who played mostly with the Baltimore Orioles.
- Karin Miller (born 1977), former professional tennis player.
- Maury Muehleisen (born 1949), guitarist and songwriting partner for Jim Croce.
- Keith Newell (born 1988), football offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League.
- J. Lee Nicholson (1863–1924), accountant, consultant and lecturer, considered to be the father of cost accounting in the United States.
- A. Dayton Oliphant (1887–1963), associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1945 to 1946, and again from 1948 to 1957.
- Mark Osborne (born 1970) film director, writer, producer and animator, whose work includes Kung Fu Panda.
- Anne M. Patterson (born 1959), associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
- Zebulon Pike (1779–1813), explorer and namesake of Pikes Peak.
- Joe Plumeri (born 1944), chairman and CEO of Willis Group and owner of the Trenton Thunder.
- Myles Powell (born 1997), basketball player for the Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team.
- D. Lane Powers (1896–1968), represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives (1933–1945).
- George T. Reynolds (1917-2005), physicist best known for his accomplishments in particle physics, biophysics and environmental science.
- Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, politician who represents the 15th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly.
- Bruce Ritter (1927–1999), Catholic priest and one-time Franciscan friar who founded the charity Covenant House in 1972 for homeless teenagers and led it until he was forced to resign in 1990.
- Amy Robinson (born 1948), actress and film producer.
- Duane Robinson (born 1968), retired professional soccer forward who played in the American Professional Soccer League and the United States Interregional Soccer League.
- Dennis Rodman (born 1961), professional basketball player.
- Bob Ryan (born 1946), sportswriter, regular contributor on the ESPN show Around the Horn.
- Daniel Bailey Ryall (1798–1864), U.S. Representative from New Jersey (1839–1841).
- Bobby Sanguinetti (born 1988), professional ice hockey defenseman who plays for HC Lugano in the National League
- Antonin Scalia (1936–2016), Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
- Frank D. Schroth (1884–1974), owner of the Brooklyn Eagle, had earlier worked as a reporter at The Times.
- Thomas N. Schroth (1921–2009), editor of Congressional Quarterly and founder of The National Journal.
- Carlijn Schoutens (born 1994), Dutch-American speed skater who qualified for the U.S. team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in the women's 3,000-meter event.
- Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. (1934–2012), Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Central Command in the Gulf War.
- Ntozake Shange (1948–2018), playwright and poet best known for the Obie Award-winning play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf.
- Victor W. Sidel (1931–2018), physician who was one of the co-founders of Physicians for Social Responsibility in 1961.
- Sido L. Ridolfi (1913-2004), politician who served in the New Jersey Senate from 1954 to 1972.
- Charles Skelton (1806–1879), represented New Jersey's 2nd congressional district (1851–1855).
- Sommore Rambough (born 1967), comedian.
- Robert Stempel (born 1933), chairman and CEO of General Motors.
- Gary Stills (born 1974), professional American football player.
- Alphonso Taylor (born 1969), defensive tackle who played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos.
- Margaret E. Thompson (1911–1992), numismatist specializing in Greek coins.
- Vince Thompson (born 1957), former professional football running back who played in the NFL for the Detroit Lions.
- Mike Tiernan (1867–1918), major league baseball player.
- Robin L. Titus (born 1954), physician and politician who serves as a Republican member of the Nevada Assembly.
- Ty Treadway (born 1967), host of Merv Griffin's Crosswords.
- Irvin Ungar (born 1948), former pulpit rabbi and antiquarian bookseller, considered the foremost expert on the artist Arthur Szyk.
- Albert W. Van Duzer (1917–1999), bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, serving from 1973 to 1982.
- Bennet Van Syckel (1830–1921), associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1869 to 1904.
- Troy Vincent (born 1971), former professional football player, president of the NFL Players Association.
- Albert C. Wagner (1911–1987), director of the New Jersey Department of Corrections from 1966 to 1973.
- Allan B. Walsh (1874–1953), represented the 4th congressional district (1913–1915).
- Karl Weidel (1923–1997), who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1970 to 1986.
- Charlie Weis (born 1956), head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team from 2005 to 2009.
- Nick Werkman (born c. 1941), basketball player for the Seton Hall Pirates, who led the NCAA in scoring in 1962–63 and was in the top three nationally on his two other collegiate seasons.
- Sammy Williams (1948-2018), actor best known for his role as Paul in the musical A Chorus Line, for which he won the 1976 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
- Wise Intelligent, performer of Poor Righteous Teachers, hip-hop group.
- Ken Wolski (born 1948), registered nurse, marijuana legalization advocate and 2012 Green Party nominee for U.S. Senate.
- Ira W. Wood (1856–1931), represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district (1904–1913).
- Nancy Wood (1936–2013), author, poet and photographer.
- Marion Zarzeczna, concert pianist.
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A working single mother, she then took 5-month-old Brian to Trenton, New Jersey, where she had a sister and raised him.
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- Bennetts, Leslie. "New Face: Roxanne Hart Coming of Age In Loose Ends", The New York Times, July 6, 1979. Accessed July 2, 2018. "She was born in Trenton, the oldest of five children, but moved from Delaware to Colorado to Georgia to Long Island as her father, a biology teacher, took different jobs."
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- Cohen, J. "Leo Levin, 96", Jewish Exponent, December 10, 2015. Accessed August 1, 2019. "Leo Levin loved people, Judaism and the law. The Trenton native, who spent the last 28 years in Merion, taught for 50 years at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, started Lower Merion Synagogue in Bala Cynwyd and always put other people first."
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- Strausbaugh, John. "Street Art That's Finding A New Address", The New York Times, March 7, 2010. Accessed July 2, 2018. "Mr. LeVine came to the movement the same way his artists did. He grew up in Trenton and earned a degree in sculpture, but he was less attracted to fine art than he was to underground comics, punk and hip-hop, 'anything subculture and edgy.' With a loan from his parents, he opened his first small art gallery in New Hope, Pa., in 2001."
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- Joe Holley, "Former Diplomat Sol Linowitz, 91, Dies", The Washington Post, March 18, 2005. Accessed March 20, 2012. "Sol Myron Linowitz was the eldest of four sons born to Joseph and Rose Oglenskye Linowitz, immigrants from a region of Poland under Russian rule. He was born in Trenton, N.J., in a multicultural neighborhood of Jews, Protestants and Catholics, as well as one African American family."
- Varsallone, Jim. "Ring of Honor fans enjoy making Cheeseburger a top seller", The Miami Herald, April 30, 2016. Accessed January 4, 2018. "Cheeseburger grew up Brandel in Trenton, N.J. He attended Trenton Catholic Academy in Hamilton, N.J. He played some basketball in school but nothing serious."
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- Staff. "Report: Giants' Mckenzie Arrested For Dui", The Sports Network, November 14, 2008. Accessed February 1, 2011. "A Trenton, New Jersey native, McKenzie has played all but three games for the Giants since signing with the club as a free agent prior to the 2005 season."
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Of the original partners John Astbury and Richard Millington formed in 1873 a partnership with Thomas Maddock, and with this co-partnership was born the sanitary pottery business in this country.
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- Kabatchnik, Amnon. Blood on the Stage, 1975–2000: Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery, and Detection, p. 139. Scarecrow Press, 2012. ISBN 9780810883550. Accessed September 15, 2018. "William Mastrosimone was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1947. He attended The Pennington School and received an MFA in playwriting from Mason Gross School of the Arts, part of Rutgers University, where his first play, Devil Take the Hindmost, was produced in 1977, winning the David Library of the American Revolution Award."
- Pace, Eric. "Joseph Merlino, 76, Trenton Political Figure", The New York Times, October 9, 1998. Accessed August 1, 2019. "Born in Trenton, he was the son of Pasquale Merlino and the former Margarita Fuccello."
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- Karin Miller, International Tennis Federation. Accessed September 17, 2018. "Birth Place: Trenton, New Jersey, USA"
- Staff. "Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen's musical partnership endures", Inside Jersey, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 16, 2012. "Maury Muehleisen was blessed with many musical gifts. By the time he was a teenager, the Trenton native already was an accomplished pianist. In late 1970, at age 21, Muehleisen released Gingerbreadd, his only solo album, on Capitol Records."
- Johnson, Greg. "Trenton Central grad Keith Newell returns to Sun National Bank Center with Philadelphia Soul", The Trentonian, June 9, 2016. Accessed August 1, 2019. "The nostalgia washes over Keith Newell as he paces the turf on the floor of Sun National Bank Center, completing a two-hour walkthrough with the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul. Moments later, the Trenton native speaks to a trio of reporters and reminisces about his days around these parts and this venue."
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- Marsh, Steven P. "Kung Fu Panda director takes on The Little Prince", The Journal News, February 29, 2016. Accessed July 2, 2018. "The two-time Academy Award nominee's journey toward making a big-screen version of The Little Prince – based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's beloved 1943 illustrated novella – began more than two decades ago, as the result of a young woman's romantic gesture toward the Trenton, New Jersey, native."
- Justice Anne M. Patterson Archived May 30, 2017, at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey Courts. Accessed June 3, 2018. "Justice Patterson was born in Trenton on April 15, 1959, and raised in Hopewell Township and Princeton."
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- Bianco, Anthony. "Joe Plumeri: The Apostle of Life Insurance", Business Week, March 30, 1998. Accessed February 12, 2014. "That would be the blue-collar precincts of North Trenton, N.J., just 15 miles from here. The cool-walking demonstration ended, Plumeri explains how he stumbled into a career on Wall Street by taking a menial job at a brokerage house that he had mistaken for a law firm."
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- Myles Powell, Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball. Accessed August 6, 2019. "Attended Medford Tech, Trenton Catholic, and most recently South Kent School... birthday is July 7 and was born in Trenton, N.J."
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- George Reynolds, Rutgers University Oral History Archives, October 29, 1999. Accessed June 28, 2019. "I was born in 1917, in Trenton. Soon after that, I guess I was two years old, we moved to Highland Park, New Jersey, and that's where I lived my early life."
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- Hageny, John Christian. "Hockey: Where are they now? Call Lawrenceville's Sanguinetti a Hurricane", The Star-Ledger, February 24, 2013. Accessed February 8, 2018. "Bobby Sanguinetti was born in Trenton, grew up a New York Rangers fan and even wore number 22 for a time in his career in honor of his favorite player, Brian Leetch, while skating at Lawrenceville."
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