Middletown Township, New Jersey
|Township of Middletown|
The Biggest Small Town in New Jersey
Map of Middletown Township in Monmouth County. Inset (left): Monmouth County highlighted within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Middletown Township, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Formed||October 31, 1693|
|Incorporated||February 21, 1798|
|• Type||Special Charter|
|• Body||Township Committee|
|• Mayor||Anthony S. Perry (R, term ends December 31, 2021)|
|• Administrator||Anthony P. Mercantante|
|• Municipal clerk||Heidi R. Brunt|
|• Total||58.72 sq mi (152.09 km2)|
|• Land||40.95 sq mi (106.06 km2)|
|• Water||17.78 sq mi (46.04 km2) 30.27%|
|Area rank||23rd of 565 in state|
2nd of 53 in county
|Elevation||98 ft (30 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||16th of 566 in state|
1st of 53 in county
|• Density||1,622.9/sq mi (626.6/km2)|
|• Density rank||321st of 566 in state|
40th of 53 in county
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|Area code(s)||732 and 908|
|GNIS feature ID||0882604|
Middletown Township is a township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a total population of 66,522, making it the most-populous municipality in the county and the state's 16th largest municipality by population, having seen an increase of 195 residents (0.3%) from its population of 66,327 in the 2000 Census, when it was the state's 17th most-populous municipality, which had in turn declined by 1,856 (−2.7%) from the 68,183 counted in the 1990 Census. Middletown is one of the oldest sites of European settlement in New Jersey.
Middletown is a bedroom community of New York City, located alongside of the Raritan Bay within the Raritan Valley region in the New York Metropolitan Area. Due to its affluence, low crime, access to cultural activities, public school system, proximity to the Jersey Shore and Raritan Bayshore, and central commuting location, Middletown was ranked in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2014 in the Top 100 in CNNMoney.com's Best Places to Live. Time magazine listed Middletown on its list of "Best Places to Live 2014".
In 2016, SafeWise named Middletown Township as the fifth-safest city in America to raise a child; the township was the highest ranked of the 12 communities in New Jersey included on the list.
Small communities of the Lenape Navesink tribe were common throughout the area when the first known European landing in what would become Middletown Township occurred in 1609. Sea captain and explorer Henry Hudson, in search of the mythical Northwest Passage in the service of the Dutch West India Company, anchored along the shores of Sandy Hook Bay in 1609, describing the area "a very good land to fall in with and a pleasant land to see." While a patroonship was granted by the company in 1651 the land wasn't officially settled. Today's Shoal Harbor Museum and Old Spy House includes portions of a house constructed by Thomas Whitlock, one of the area's first European settlers (and a Reformed Baptist at Middletown) who arrived here as early as 1664, around the time of the English takeover of New Netherland as a prelude of the Second Anglo-Dutch War. Long-standing tradition had Penelope Stout, one of the first settlers, hiding in a tree from hostile Native Americans.
Shortly after the Dutch surrender of the New Netherland to the English in 1664 a large tract of land known as the Navesink Patent or Monmouth Tract was granted to Baptist and Quaker settlers from Long Island, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, which soon thereafter became the townships of Middletown and Shrewsbury, and shortly thereafter that into the township of Freehold.
During the American Revolutionary War, Middletown and much of the rest of Eastern Monmouth County was held by the British. After the Battle of Monmouth, the British retreat from Freehold Township carried them down King's Highway through Middletown to their embarkation points at Sandy Hook in the bay, heading back to New York City.
Middletown Township was originally formed on October 31, 1693, and was incorporated as a township by the Township Act of 1798 of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Portions of the township were taken to form Atlantic Township (February 8, 1847, now Colts Neck Township), Raritan Township (February 25, 1848, now Hazlet Township), Atlantic Highlands (February 28, 1887), Highlands (March 22, 1900) and Keansburg (March 22, 1917).
Upon the completion of a railroad junction in 1875, the town grew more rapidly, eventually changing from a group of small and loosely connected fishing and agricultural villages into a fast-growing suburb at the turn of the 20th century. If Middletown ever had a recognizable town center or town square, it was lost in that rapid growth soon after World War II.
In May 1958, several Nike Ajax missiles exploded at Battery NY-53 in Chapel Hill, killing ten Army and civilian personnel. The accident was one of the worst missile-related disasters of the Cold War.
The Waterfront site of Naval Weapons Station Earle is located in Leonardo on Sandy Hook Bay, and is used to load ammunition onto ships on a finger pier that stretches for 2.9 miles (4.7 km), making it the world's second-longest such pier.
The "Evil Clown of Middletown" is a towering sign along Route 35 painted to resemble a circus clown, that currently advertises a liquor store. The sign is a remnant of an old supermarket that used to be at that location called "Food Circus". The clown and recent successful attempts from residents to save it from demolition have been featured in the pages of Weird NJ magazine, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and in the Kevin Smith-directed film Clerks II.
The Indian Trails 15K road race is held each year in April to benefit the Monmouth Conservation Foundation and includes a 5K walk/run event for fun. The race, run on a combination on paved and dirt roads, includes many relatively steep hills and has been described as "the most challenging race in the state".
The Middletown Township Historical Society is a non-profit formed in 1968 to preserve and promote the history of Middletown, NJ.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 58.72 square miles (152.09 km2), including 40.95 square miles (106.06 km2) of land and 17.78 square miles (46.04 km2) of water (30.27%).
Belford (2010 Census population of 1,768), Fairview (3,806), Leonardo (2,757), Lincroft (6,135), Navesink (2,020), North Middletown (3,295) and Port Monmouth (3,818) are all census-designated places and unincorporated communities located within Middletown Township.
Other unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Browns Dock, Chapel Hill, East Keansburg, Everett, Fort Hancock, Harmony, Headdons Corner, Hendrickson Corners, Highland Park, Highlands Beach, Highlands of Navesink, Holland, Leonardville, Locust, Locust Point, Monmouth Hills, New Monmouth, Normandie, Oak Hill, Philips Mills, Red Hill, River Plaza, Stone Church, Tiltons Corner, Town Brook, Waterwitch Park and Wilmont Park.
The Sandy Hook peninsula is also within Middletown Township, though it is not connected to the rest of the township by land. However, one could sail along Raritan Bay from the mainland to Sandy Hook and remain within Middletown Township.
The township borders the Monmouth County communities of Atlantic Highlands, Colts Neck Township, Fair Haven, Hazlet Township, Highlands, Holmdel Township, Keansburg, Red Bank, Rumson, Sea Bright and Tinton Falls.
|Climate data for Middletown Township, NJ|
|Average high °F (°C)||38
|Average low °F (°C)||27
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||3.50
1850 1870 1880–1890
1930–1990 2000 2010
* = Lost territory in previous decade
The 2010 United States census counted 66,522 people, 23,962 households, and 18,235 families in the township. The population density was 1,622.9 per square mile (626.6/km2). There were 24,959 housing units at an average density of 608.9 per square mile (235.1/km2). The racial makeup was 93.89% (62,456) White, 1.31% (869) Black or African American, 0.10% (67) Native American, 2.60% (1,730) Asian, 0.01% (8) Pacific Islander, 0.81% (537) from other races, and 1.29% (855) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.37% (3,569) of the population.
Of the 23,962 households, 34.5% had children under the age of 18; 63.5% were married couples living together; 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present and 23.9% were non-families. Of all households, 20.3% were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.22.
24.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 31.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.5 years. For every 100 females, the population had 93.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 91.1 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $96,190 (with a margin of error of +/− $2,818) and the median family income was $110,944 (+/− $3,794). Males had a median income of $78,739 (+/− $3,585) versus $52,752 (+/− $2,573) for females. The per capita income for the township was $42,792 (+/− $1,706). About 1.7% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 66,327 people, 23,236 households, and 18,100 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,613.0 people per square mile (622.8/km2). There were 23,841 housing units at an average density of 579.8 per square mile (223.9/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 94.71% White, 1.21% African American, 0.07% Native American, 2.59% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.41% of the population.
There were 23,236 households, out of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.3% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.1% were non-families. 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.27.
In the township the population was spread out, with 26.3% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $75,566, and the median income for a family was $86,124. Males had a median income of $60,755 versus $36,229 for females. The per capita income for the township was $34,196. About 1.9% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 105 or over.
The Township Committee operates under a special charter approved on June 23, 1971, by the New Jersey Legislature; The charter preserves many aspects of the Township form of government. The township is one of 11 of 565 municipalities statewide governed under a special charter. The township's governing body is comprised of the five-member Township Committee, whose members are elected at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization meeting, the Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor, each for a one-year term. The Township Committee establishes municipal policies and programs and appropriates funds.
As of 2020[update], members of the Middletown Township Committee are Mayor Anthony S. Perry Jr. (R, term on committee ends December 31, 2021; term as mayor ends 2020), Deputy Mayor Anthony P. "Tony" Fiore (R, term on committee and as deputy mayor ends 2020), Rick W. Hibell (R, 2022), Kevin M. Settembrino (R, 2022) and Patricia A. Snell (R, 2021).
In February 2018, the Township Committee selected Rick Hibell to fill the seat expiring in December 2019 that was vacated by Gerard Scharfenberger after he resigned and took office on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders; Hibell served on an interim basis until the November 2018 general election, when voters elected him to fill the balance of the term of office.
In November 2017, the committee chose Anthony Perry, the son-in-law of then-Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, from three candidates nominated by the Republican municipal committee to fill the seat expiring in December 2018 that had been vacated by Stephen G. Massell the previous month when he resigned from office to accept a position on the Monmouth County Tax Board.
In October 2006, Middletown councilman and former four-term mayor Raymond J. O'Grady (R) was sentenced to 43 months in federal prison on bribery and extortion charges arising from his involvement in a federal sting operation known as Operation Bid Rig targeting political corruption in New Jersey. O'Grady committed to obtain no-bid contracts after he had accepted bribes from contractors in exchange for the work.
Federal, state, and county representation
Middletown Township is split between the 4th and 6th Congressional Districts and is part of New Jersey's 13th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Middletown Township had been split between the 6th 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. The split that took effect in 2013 placed 30,866 residents living in the township's southeast in the 4th District, while 35,656 residents in the northern and eastern portions of the township were placed in the 6th District.
For the 117th United States Congress, New Jersey's Fourth Congressional District is represented by Chris Smith (R, Hamilton Township). For the 117th United States Congress, New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District is represented by Frank Pallone (D, Long Branch). 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 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 13th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Declan O'Scanlon (R, Little Silver) and in the General Assembly by Gerard Scharfenberger (R, Middletown Township) and Serena DiMaso (R, Holmdel Township).
Monmouth County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members who are elected at-large to serve three year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects one of its members to serve as Director and another as Deputy Director. As of 2020[update], Monmouth County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone (R, Neptune City, term as freeholder ends December 31, 2022; term as freeholder director ends 2021), Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley (R, Hazlet Township, term as freeholder ends December 31, 2021; term as deputy freeholder director ends 2021),Lillian G. Burry (R, Colts Neck Township, 2020), Nick DiRocco (R, Wall Township, 2022), and Patrick G. Impreveduto (R, Holmdel Township, 2020).
Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon (R, 2020; Ocean Township),Sheriff Shaun Golden (R, 2022; Howell Township), and Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters (R, 2021; Middletown Township).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 46,628 registered voters in Middletown Township, of which 10,222 (21.9%) were registered as Democrats, 11,674 (25.0%) were registered as Republicans and 24,701 (53.0%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 31 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 58.2% of the vote (18,426 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 40.4% (12,801 votes), and other candidates with 1.4% (448 votes), among the 37,742 ballots cast by the township's 48,011 registered voters (6,067 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 78.6%. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 56.9% of the vote (20,997 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 40.8% (15,058 votes) and other candidates with 1.1% (404 votes), among the 36,887 ballots cast by the township's 48,174 registered voters, for a turnout of 76.6%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 60.2% of the vote (21,317 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 38.6% (13,651 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (301 votes), among the 35,403 ballots cast by the township's 46,022 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 76.9.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 74.5% of the vote (15,145 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 23.8% (4,834 votes), and other candidates with 1.7% (337 votes), among the 20,555 ballots cast by the township's 47,933 registered voters (239 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 42.9%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 67.3% of the vote (16,351 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 25.8% (6,265 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 5.7% (1,382 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (188 votes), among the 24,298 ballots cast by the township's 47,422 registered voters, yielding a 51.2% turnout.
Middletown has some of the largest emergency service departments in the area. The police and fire departments celebrated a joint 75th Anniversary in 2003. As of November 2016, Middletown Township switched their radio system over to county dispatch as part of an effort to save an estimated $1 million per year by eliminating 15 dispatchers.
The Middletown Township Police Department is the largest police force in Monmouth County, with 112 sworn officers. The Middletown Township Police Department was formed on May 15, 1928 with the hiring of its first full-time police officer, Earl N. Hoyer. His appointment read Patrolman / Chief of Police, at an annual salary of $125.00.
The Rude Awakening Program educates the youth and their parents about alcohol abuse and its position as a gateway drug to further and harsher drugs and substance abuse. The program is specifically designed to educate the student in the life altering ramifications of drinking and driving. The program is mainly backed by the police department and has later encompassed EMS and fire into the program for vehicle extrication demonstrations.
The Middletown Township Fire Department (referred to as MTFD, Monmouth County agency prefix 31 and 71) consists of 11 fire companies plus additional specialized units spread throughout the town and is composed of 500 volunteers. It is commonly stated that the Middletown Township Fire Department is "The World's Largest All Volunteer Fire Department".
The companies, in order of creation, are as follows:
- Navesink Hook and Ladder Fire Company No. 1 on May 1, 1886
- Brevent Park & Leonardo Fire Company on October 16, 1903
- Belford Chemical Engine Company No. 1 on August 14, 1916
- Community Fire Company of Leonardo on September 9, 1922
- East Keansburg Fire Company No. 1 in 1922
- Port Monmouth Fire Company No. 1 in November 1922
- Belford Independent Fire Company in 1923
- Middletown Fire Company No. 1 in April 1924
- River Plaza Hose Company No. 1 on December 8, 1927
For a time these companies acted separately until August 28, 1928, when all the individual companies were brought together to form the current fire department. Since then, two more companies have been formed:
- Lincroft Fire Company in May 1932
- Old Village Fire Company on September 7, 1955
Later, the individual companies took on station numbers with regard to their creation date. Navesink becoming Station #1 and Old Village becoming Station #11.
There are other special units besides the main fire companies. The MTFD has its own Fire Police Unit, Air Unit, and Special Services Unit (SSU).
- MTFD Fire Police controls fire scenes and ensures that civilians are kept away
- The Air Unit provides service for firefighter SCBA equipment and also has a mobile air compressor truck to refill air bottles at the scene of a fire. This truck responds outside of Middletown to neighboring towns as requested.
- MTFD Special Services Emergency Response Team provides Level A hazardous material emergency response, technical and mass decontamination, structural collapse rescue, emergency shoring, high & low angle rope rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue and various other technical rescue capabilities to Township of Middletown as well as neighboring towns as requested or under contract by certain towns.
- The Brevent Park and Leonardo Fire Company is the owner of a marine fireboat that can be requested throughout the Bayshore community for scenes on the water involving fire and water rescue.
The Middletown Township Fire Academy was established in 1974 to provide basic firefighter training to the township's volunteers. A tract of land was donated off of Normandy Road for the cause and the volunteer firefighters built its beginnings themselves. Classes began in trailers until a suitable classroom building was constructed. A small wooden multi-floor building sitting on buried telephone poles was the earliest training structure. Later a proper "smokehouse" made of cinder block served firefighters until 2007 when it was closed. The classroom building and smokehouse are featured in the academy's logo.
A four-story corrugated steel "ladder tower" building was constructed as the academy's high rise prop. There are internal and external stairways with a standpipe and sprinkler system throughout, only fed with water by an engine during training. It also features trapdoors creating an internal column for rope rescue training. For a period of time there was a SCBA maze located in a lower room of the building until it was converted into a live burn room after the smokehouse was closed. Vehicle extrication as well as car and fuel fires are fought on the "burn pad" which is an open concrete area next to the smokehouse. Donated vehicles are brought in from various sources. Typically they are used first for extrication by a first aid or fire company and then later get burned for car fire training by another. Fuels fires are contained in drums or tanks that have been cut open.
A confined space prop was located next to the main parking lot which was a large pipe with access ways buried under dirt. Trench rescue simulations were also held near this prop. One of the more recent additions to the academy is the flashover chamber. A peaked roof prop sits in the middle of the academy which utilizes replaceable 4x8 plywood sheets for firefighters to practice cutting roofs. There was at one time a flat roof prop as well.
The Fire Academy's motto is "Training the Best, for the Worst". Firefighter I (aka "basic") classes are held in the spring and fall. Topics and graduation requirements surpass that of Monmouth County Fire Academy. Other courses from firefighting to Incident Command and more are offered by the academy. Other agencies also sponsor courses that use the facilities.
Aside from the Middletown Township fire companies and first aid squads, outside departments such as those from Jersey City, Bayonne, Fort Monmouth, and others have come to Middletown Township for training at the academy. The classrooms are also used by the Board of Education and for police training. The township's shooting range is located on the same property adjacent to the fire academy.
There are five squads that make up the Township of Middletown EMS Department (EMS) and provide Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances to the township. They are:
- Middletown First Aid and Rescue Squad
- Fairview First Aid Squad
- Port Monmouth First Aid Squad
- Leonardo First Aid and Rescue Squad
- Lincroft First Aid and Rescue Squad
They are all volunteer as well. All except Port Monmouth have EMS rescue trucks with equipment to handle vehicle extrications and rope rescue. These squads also have boats and dive teams to perform rescue and recovery operations involving water which have been called out of town to assist with large area searches. Port Monmouth provides a bariatric unit, a converted ambulance, for severely overweight patients. It has been requested outside of Middletown Township as a back-up for MONOC's unit.
Advanced Life Support (ALS) or paramedics for the township and surrounding towns are provided by MONOC. The two primary paramedic units for Middletown Township are Medic 206 located at MTFD Station 8 (Middletown Fire Company No. 1) covering a majority of the town and Medic 201 located at South Aberdeen First Aid Squad in Aberdeen covering the Northwestern end of town. Other medic units from farther distances are dispatched when these are not available.
On October 2, 2016, Middletown Emergency Medical Services began service from 0500 to 1800, Monday to Friday. This agency provides NJ Department of Health Licensed basic life support with paid staff.
The Middletown Township Public School District serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of 17 schools, had an enrollment of 9,617 students and 792.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.1:1. The district consists of twelve K-5 elementary schools, three middle schools for grades 6–8, and two four-year high schools. Four elementary schools feed into each of the three middle schools. The facilities vary in age, architecture, size, and student population. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Bayview Elementary School (366 students in grades K-5), Fairview Elementary School (295; K-5), Harmony Elementary School (507; PreK-5), Leonardo Elementary School (274; K-5), Lincroft Elementary School (450; K-5), Middletown Village Elementary School (384; K-5), Navesink Elementary School (233; K-5), New Monmouth Elementary School (367; PreK-5), Nut Swamp Elementary School (572; K-5), Ocean Avenue Elementary School (294; K-5), Port Monmouth Elementary School (207; K-5), River Plaza Elementary School (286; K-5), Bayshore Middle School (626; 6–8), Thompson Middle School (1,005; 6–8), Thorne Middle School (677; 6–8), Middletown High School North (1,449; 9-12) and Middletown High School South (1,565; 9-12).
Middletown also hosts two public magnet schools, High Technology High School, on the property of Brookdale Community College, located in the Lincroft section of town, and the Marine Academy of Science and Technology located on Sandy Hook, which are part of the Monmouth County Vocational School District.
Middletown Township is home to two private high schools. Christian Brothers Academy is an all-boys College preparatory school with a focus on Christian education run by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, located in Lincroft. Mater Dei High School is a four-year Catholic coeducational high school located in the New Monmouth section and operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.
Saint Mary School (for PreK-8, founded in 1953) in New Monmouth and Saint Leo the Great School (a National Blue Ribbon School founded in 1960) in Lincroft both operate as part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton. Oak Hill Academy is an independent school for PreK-8 in Lincroft, that was founded in 1981.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the township had a total of 350.16 miles (563.53 km) of roadways, of which 302.18 miles (486.31 km) were maintained by the municipality, 31.44 miles (50.60 km) by Monmouth County and 11.95 miles (19.23 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 4.59 miles (7.39 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
The Garden State Parkway is the largest and busiest highway which passes through the township, connecting Tinton Falls in the south to Holmdel Township in the north. The township includes Parkway interchange 109 which is signed for County Route 520 to Red Bank / Lincroft and interchange 114 for Holmdel / Middletown. There are three toll gates on the Parkway located in Middletown, two of them are at Exit 109 (northbound entry, southbound exit), and two at Exit 114 (northbound entry, with the southbound toll exit in Holmdel). Routes 35 and 36 pass through Middletown.
CR. 516 travels through the northern part of the township and its eastern end is at Route 36 near Leonardo, while its western end is at Route 18 in Old Bridge. CR. 520 passes through the southern portion of Middletown, and leads to Sea Bright to the east, and turns into CR. 612 in Monroe Township to the west, making it a vital route for central New Jersey, by connecting sections of the state near the shore to inland sections of the state near the New Jersey Turnpike at Exit 8A.
NJ Transit's provides rail service at the Middletown station which runs between New York City's Pennsylvania Station and Bay Head on the North Jersey Coast Line. NJ Transit is a major commuter rail system, with track-sharing agreements with Amtrak, Metro-North Railroad, Norfolk Southern, CSX Transportation, and Conrail Shared Assets.
People who were born in, are residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Middletown Township include:
- Mary Kay Adams (born 1962), actress on Babylon 5.
- Joseph Azzolina (1926–2010), served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1966 to 1972, 1986–88, and from 1992 to 2006.
- Sebastian Bach (born 1968), heavy metal singer.
- Howard Barbieri (born 1987), former American football guard.
- Virginia Bauer (born 1956), advocate for families of the victims of the September 11 terror attacks who is a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
- Alyssa Beckerman (born 1981), former gymnast and balance beam national champion.
- Jon Bon Jovi (born 1962), musician.
- Vinnie Brand (born 1963), comedian.
- Nicole Byer (born 1986), comedian.
- Shilique Calhoun (born 1992), NFL defensive end.
- Pete Capella (born 1977), voice actor and comedian.
- Connie Chung (born 1946), TV journalist.
- Gary Cuozzo (born 1941), former quarterback who played in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts, New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Cardinals.
- James Dale (born 1970), gay rights activist best known for his role in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, the landmark US Supreme Court case challenging the BSA's policy of excluding homosexuals from being scout leaders.
- Donald De Lue (1897–1988), sculptor.
- Billy Devaney (born 1955), General Manager of the St. Louis Rams.
- Peter Dobson (born 1964), actor who had a cameo role in Forrest Gump as Elvis Presley.
- Dean Ehehalt (born 1964), head coach of the Monmouth Hawks baseball team.
- Siobhan Fallon Hogan (born 1961), former Saturday Night Live cast member.
- Vincent Favale (born 1959), co-founder of Comedy Central.
- Darren Fenster (born 1978), manager in the Boston Red Sox minor league system.
- John P. Gallagher (1932–2011), politician who served in the New Jersey Senate from the 13th Legislative District from 1982 to 1984.
- Amy Handlin (born 1956), represents the 13th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly.
- Tom Hanson (1907–1985), football halfback in the National Football League, mainly for the Philadelphia Eagles, for whom he caught the first touchdown in franchise history.
- Robert Harper (1951–2020), stage, film and television actor.
- Judith Rich Harris (born 1938), psychologist and author of The Nurture Assumption.
- Debbie Harry (born 1945), singer-songwriter and actress, lead singer of the band Blondie.
- Jerry Holbert, editorial cartoonist.
- Kristopher Jansma, fiction writer and essayist.
- Ed Jones (born 1952), former defensive back for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League from 1976 to 1984, who won five Grey Cups for the Eskimos and was a CFL All-Star from 1979 to 1981.
- Tony Katz (born 1972), radio host, author and political / cultural commentator.
- Bill Kunkel (1936–1985), former Major League Baseball pitcher and umpire.
- Jeff Kunkel (born 1962), former major-league shortstop.
- Joe Kyrillos (born 1960), politician who served in the New Jersey Senate from 1992 to 2018, where he represented the 13th Legislative District, and in the General Assembly from 1988 to 1992.
- Mike Largey (born 1960), former professional basketball player who played power forward for Hapoel Tel Aviv B.C. of the Israeli Basketball Premier League from 1984 to 1987.
- Jack Lawless (born 1987) musician who has been the drummer for the bands DNCE and Ocean Grove, as well as a live drummer for the Jonas Brothers.
- Rick Lovato (born 1992), long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL).
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Middletown & Shrewsbury, 1665 (a.k.a. Navesink or Monmouth Patent) – In April 1665, twelve men, principally from Long Island, obtained a triangular tract from Governor Nicolls extending from Sandy Hook to the mouth of the Raritan River, up the river approximately twenty-five miles, then southwest to Barnegat Bay. The area was first known as Navesink, then Middletown and Shrewsbury County, and finally in 1683 as Monmouth County. Founders were mostly Baptists and Quakers. Purchasers at Middletown and Shrewsbury subscribed £3 or £4, which entitled them to 120 acres with additional increments for wives and children, and 60 acres for each servant. As many as eighty families arrived from Long Island, Rhode Island and Massachusetts during the first years. Quaker meetings were established by 1670. Settlers understood their patent to have endowed them with a right of government.
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- Klingaman, Mike. "Catching Up With ... former Colt Gary Cuozzo", The Baltimore Sun, September 29, 2009. Accessed August 28, 2019. "Cuozzo's effort earned him the game ball, though now he doesn't know its whereabouts. 'It's in the attic, I think,' said Cuozzo, of Middletown, N.J. A retired orthodontist, he kept the ball in his office for years, where it kept patients occupied as he straightened their teeth."
- Devlin, Dory. "James Dale: Alumnus Put a Spotlight on Discrimination Against Gays; A legal challenge to the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay scouts catalyzed the acceptance of gay youths as members", Rutgers Today, July 25, 2016. Accessed August 28, 2019. "Dale came out as gay in 1989, and he was happy at Rutgers. 'There was a tremendous amount of acceptance and pride among peers, staff, and faculty,' says Dale, who grew up in Middletown, New Jersey, and majored in communication and sociology."
- Stattel, Erin O. "From monumental to medallions, exhibit showcases De Lue's work; Leonardo sculptor known for powerful human figures", The Hub, August 6, 2009. Accessed November 26, 2017. "De Lue, best known for his sculpture 'Rocket Thrower,' showcased at the 1964 New York World's Fair, was originally from Boston but took up residence in the Leonardo section of Middletown after seeking more space for his sculpting passion."
- Garafolo, Mike. "Monmouth County's Billy Devaney now making waves as GM of the St. Louis Rams", The Star-Ledger, April 21, 2009. Accessed July 20, 2011. "'He's very happy right now. And I can tell he is, too,' said Mike Corley, Devaney's best friend from before their days together at Mater Dei High School in New Monmouth.... It was a fitting career path for a self-proclaimed "draftnik" (before there were draftniks) who used to take the bus from Leonardo -- a section of Middletown -- to Port Authority in Manhattan to pick up a copy of Street & Smith's draft guide."
- Chesek, Tom. "Archive: A Sneak Preview in Circuit City", Upper Wet Side, April 22, 2011. Accessed September 22, 2015. "Red Bank area native, movie actor and filmmaker Peter Dobson directing his project EXIT 102, which climaxes a daylong Reels & Wheels event at various venues in Asbury Park.... Peter Dobson: I was born in Riverview Hospital; lived on West Front Street out by River Plaza.... I went to Lincroft Elementary, Thompson Junior High and Middletown High School South — where I spent two years in tenth grade. I also lived for a while in Loch Arbour, so I have very vivid memories of hanging out in Asbury Park."
- Dean Ehehalt, Monmouth Hawks baseball. Accessed August 28, 2019. "The Middletown, N.J., native spent the previous year as an assistant coach at Kennesaw State College in Marietta, Ga., where he was directly responsible for all aspects of defensive play and recruiting."
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- Assembly Member Amy H. Handlin, Project Vote Smart. Accessed August 10, 2007.
- Edelson, Stephen. "The legend of Swede Hanson, among the Shore's greatest", Asbury Park Press, April 9, 2015. Accessed July 26, 2018. "It all started innocently enough in the late 1980s when they began brainstorming a Lions Hall of Fame for Middletown North High School, the former Leonardo High School.... Growing up in Navesink, the oldest Hanson brother, Joseph, played on the first official Leonardo football team in 1919. Swede, who had a twin brother, Henry, began playing high school sports in 1922, when he was just in seventh grade."
- Patrick, Wally. "Former Middletown resident finds he likes life at Frank's Place", Asbury Park Press, October 19, 1987. Accessed February 13, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Harper, 35, was born in New York. His parents, Eugene and Muriel Harper, moved to Middletown in 1963 and still reside in the New Monmouth section."
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- Ward, John -- "I... Will... Drive Past Your House...", Red Bank Green, June 1, 2006. Accessed February 12, 2008. "It seems the frontwoman for Blondie has a house on The Green. Records on file in Freehold show that Harry paid $1 million for a 2.1-acre property on Shadow Lake in the River Plaza section of Middletown in April, 2003. The seller was the Edwin J. Dobson III Trust." River Plaza is serviced by the Red Bank Post Office.
- Jerry Holbert Editorial Cartoons, United Feature Syndicate. Accessed August 2, 2007. "Born in Middletown, N.J., in 1958, Holbert aspired to cartooning as a young child".
- "Screening, Q&A, and Book Signing with Kristopher Jansma at The County Theater", Doylestown and Lahaska Bookshops. Accessed August 28, 2019. "Kristopher Jansma grew up in Lincroft, New Jersey."
- "Harris, Jones named to CFL All-Star Team", Asbury Park Press, January 16, 1980. Accessed July 26, 2018. "Dickie Harris of Point Pleasant Beach and Ed Jones of Middletown Township both were named to the 1979 Canadian Football League All-Star team yesterday."
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- Staff. "Kunkel undergoes tests", Times-News (Hendersonville, North Carolina), February 18, 1983. Accessed August 14, 2012. "Leonardo, N.J. — Bill Kunkel, an American League umpire who has had one cancerous tumor removed, said Thursday that he will enter New York University Hospital for tests on a malignant tumor that was detected last week."
- Alfano, Peter. "Players; Enduring Triple A And A Painful Loss", The New York Times, June 11, 1985. Accessed March 12, 2012. "He joked about the bonus that Jeff would sign, comparing it to his own miserly wages as a ballplayer. He enjoyed answering the telephone at the family's home in Leonardo, N.J., where scouts would call regularly."
- Friedman, Matt. "Meet Joe Kyrillos, a nice guy trying to unseat powerful U.S. Sen. Menendez", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, October 21, 2012. Accessed August 28, 2019. "Going to Washington would be a jump for Kyrillos, who’s rarely strayed far from Monmouth County. He still lives in Middletown, where he had a 'great suburban, American, run-around-the-neighborhood childhood.'"
- Handleman, Bill. "Largey enjoying status in Israel as star player", Asbury Park Press, July 13, 1986. Accessed May 4, 2021. "Back in 1983, Michael Patrick Largey was a household name in Port Monmouth, Middletown Township, and that was about it. He had emerged from Red Bank Catholic High School not knowing whether he wanted to kick footballs or shoot basketballs."
- Rotolo, Chris. "The Sounds of Summer", The Two River Times, June 7, 2019. Accessed August 28, 2019. "You can see Nick, Joe and Kevin at several area shows this summer and when you do, be sure to pay your respects to the band’s longtime touring drummer Jack Lawless, a Middletown native."
- Edelson, Stephen. "Eagles sign Middletown long snapper Rick Lovato", Asbury Park Press, December 13, 2016. Accessed May 7, 2018. "Rick Lovato Jr.'s pro football journey continued Monday night when the Philadelphia Eagles signed the 24-year-old long snapper to a contract."
- O'Sullivan, Eleanor. "Crude dudes in Red Bank", Asbury Park Press, January 6, 2002. Accessed August 2, 2007. "In addition to Vulgar from Johnson, Atlantic Highlands, the comedy Big Helium Dog, from Middletown's Brian Lynch, also will be shown."
- Symons, Michael. "Christie nominations include Hedinger back atop NJ Lottery", Asbury Park Press, June 11, 2010. Accessed August 28, 2019. "The Senate also voted to confirm Raymond P. Martinez of Middletown as chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and James Carey Witham of Annandale, Va., as brigadier general of the New Jersey Air National Guard."
- About Melanie. MelanieMcGuire.com. Accessed July 22, 2007.
- Strickland, Carter. "Dogs offensive line good, but not great", Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 25, 2007. Accessed October 17, 2007. "Moreno, a 5-foot-11, 207-pound native of Belford, N.J., tied senior Thomas Brown with a team-leading 74 rushing yards during the Bulldogs' 26-23 overtime win."
- "Over A Dozen Fun Ways To Help Others", Red Bank Green, September 2010. Accessed August 28, 2019. "Micahel Mulheren of Middletown soon to return to Broadway as J. Jonah Jameson in the upcoming Spider-Man musical."
- Davis, Mike. "NJ's next governor: Phil Murphy or Kim Guadagno", Asbury Park Press, June 6, 2017. Accessed June 16, 2017. "Murphy, a 59-year-old former Goldman Sachs executive, has been living in Middletown since the late 1990s."
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- Racioppi, Dustin. "Tammy Murphy is elevating the profile of New Jersey's first lady", The Record, March 28, 2018. Accessed August 28, 2019. "Murphy refers to herself as a generalist, and her range was on display during a recent weekday. She was up with the family’s three Briards for a walk at 5:45 a.m., then headed from her Middletown home to speak at a breakfast in Ewing to support local council members."
- Burton, John. "What It's Like on the Campaign Trail: Middletown's Olivia Nuzzi Reports for the Daily Beast", The Two River Times, February 25, 2016. Accessed August 1, 2017. "Nuzzi grew up in the River Plaza section of Middletown, where her mother still lives, and graduated from Middletown High School South."
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- 2007 Spring Invitational on May 16 at Hollywood Golf Course, accessed May 9, 2007. "Player registration and business sponsorship opportunities are underway for one of Monmouth County's most prominent golf tournaments -- the CPC Spring Invitational hosted by Honorary Chairman Maury Povich of Middletown."
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- Strickland, William (1788 - 1854), Philadelphia Architects and Buildings. Accessed July 26, 2018. "Born in Navesink, NJ, to John and Elizabeth Strickland, William Strickland had the advantage of a master carpenter father who moved the family to Philadelphia in c. 1790 and became a charter member of the Practical House Carpenters' Society in 1811."
- Roberts, Jerry. Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors, Volume 1, p. 578. Scarecrow Press, 2009. ISBN 0810861380. Accessed June 29, 2012. "E. W. (Egbert Warmdrink) Swackhamer b. 1927, Middletown, New Jersey; d. December 5, 1994, Berlin, Germany"
- "These Are The Best Metal Bands In Each State", Alternative Nation, March 5, 2018. Accessed October 22, 2018. "Power/Prog titans Symphony X of Middletown, mainly have their speed in their lead guitar player."
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- Harvin, Al. "An Offseason Game; New Jersey Sports", The New York Times, January 12, 1973. Accessed November 16, 2008. "Some of the other Jersey residents on the team, according to Davis, are Bob Tucker, the New York Giants' tight end from Lincroft; Phil Villapiano, Oakland Raider linebacker from Ocean Township, and Ron Johnson, Giant running back, now a resident of Fort Lee."
- Staff. "Flyers trade James van Riemsdyk to Toronto for defenseman Luke Schenn", The Star-Ledger, June 23, 2012. Accessed August 18, 2012. "Van Riemsdyk, 23, is a native of Middletown and a product of Christian Brothers Academy, in Lincroft. He was the second pick overall in the 2007 draft and scored 47 goals and 52 assists for 99 points in three seasons for the Flyers."
- Isaac, Dave. "Trevor van Riemsdyk the latest New Jersey success story", Courier-Post, October 21, 2014. Accessed June 10, 2015. "Trevor van Riemsdyk, a 23-year-old defenseman from Middletown, N.J., decided to forego his senior season at the University of New Hampshire so he could go pro."
- Strauss, Robert. "In Person; These Two People Are a Riot", The New York Times, April 14, 2002. Accessed March 12, 2012. "Abstract – Article on Hollywood actors and television writers Billy Van Zandt, native of Middletown, and Jane Milmore, who grew up in nearby Keansburg; duo has been returning to Jersey Shore each spring for two decades for spring comedy productions."
- DeMasters, Karen. "Pop Music; Rocking the Foundations Of American Life", The New York Times, November 7, 1999. Accessed June 13, 2011."Mr. Van Zandt, who grew up in Middletown and now lives in Manhattan, was born into a Catholic family but grew up as a Baptist. He says he now accepts a mixture of many religions."
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- DeMasters, Karen. "Music; For Springsteen, Bar Mitzvahs and Conan, This Drummer Sets the Beat", The New York Times, January 28, 2001. Accessed March 12, 2012. "'I actually played at bar mitzvahs after the band broke up and was glad to do it,' Mr. Weinberg said in a recent interview in his home in a tony section of Middletown Township."
- Lustig, Jay. "Jay Weinberg speaks: hockey, drumming and the E Street Band",Inside Jersey, April 1, 2019, updated May 15, 2019. Accessed July 3, 2020. "Q. What high school did you go to? A. I went to Rumson-Fair Haven, right on the shore. Q. And you lived in Middletown? A. Yeah, it's about 20 minutes from there."
- Litsky, Frank. "Swimming: National Spring Championship; Wilkens Didn't Expect This Much Success", The New York Times, March 31, 1999. Accessed June 13, 2011. "When Tom Wilkens was growing up in Middletown, N.J., and swimming for Christian Brothers Academy in nearby Lincroft, he never thought he would be ranked No. 1 in the world in a race that was not even his specialty."
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