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Moonachie, New Jersey
Borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States
Tradition is that the borough was named after Monaghie, an Iroquois chief who inhabited the local cedar forests in the 1600s. Moonachie was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 11, 1910, from portions of Lodi Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 3, 1910. On March 26, 1917, portions of Moonachie were taken to form Teterboro.
The name of the borough is pronounced "moo-NAH-kee" or "MOO-nah-kee;" however, in January 1987, then-Mayor of New York CityEd Koch pronounced it "mah-NOO-chee" when he made his now-famous quip that the New York Giants should hold their victory parade in the borough after the team had just won Super Bowl XXI. Koch had refused to grant the Giants permission to hold a parade within the city limits because the team plays its home games in New Jersey, not in New York City.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.74 square miles (4.51 km2), including 1.73 square miles (4.48 km2) of land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) of water (0.69%).
Of the 1,005 households, 26.8% had children under the age of 18; 49.6% were married couples living together; 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present and 30.1% were non-families. Of all households, 24.8% were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.24.
18.5% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 32.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.4 years. For every 100 females, the population had 97.2 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 95.2 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $53,500 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,570) and the median family income was $67,288 (+/- $10,087). Males had a median income of $52,647 (+/- $4,166) versus $42,670 (+/- $7,039) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $27,918 (+/- $2,593). About 4.0% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.
There were 1,041 households, out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.27.
The population in the borough was spread out, with 20.9% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $50,571, and the median income for a family was $62,163. Males had a median income of $41,875 versus $32,829 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,654. About 1.7% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
Moonachie is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government, which is used in 218 municipalities (of the 565) statewide, making it the most common form of government in New Jersey. The governing body is comprised of a Mayor and a Borough Council, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council is comprised of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by Moonachie is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
As of 2020[update], the mayor of Moonachie is Democrat Dennis Vaccaro, whose term of office ends December 31, 2022. Members of the Borough Council are Robert J. Bauer Sr. (D, 2022), Antonio Cirillo (D, 2020), Kathleen M. Kinsella (D, 2022), Manuel Martinez Jr. (D, 2020), Bruce B. Surak (D, 2021) and John R. Wende (D, 2021).
Federal, state and county representation
Moonachie is located in the 9th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 36th state legislative district.
Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. The freeholders are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year; a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman Pro Tempore are selected from among its seven members at a reorganization meeting held each January.
As of 2018[update], the County Executive is Democratic James J. Tedesco III of Paramus, whose term of office ends December 31, 2018. Bergen County's Freeholders are
Freeholder Chairman Thomas J. Sullivan Jr., (D, Montvale, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder chairman ends 2018),
Freeholder Vice-Chairwoman Germaine M. Ortiz (D, Emerson, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder vice-chairwoman ends 2018),
Freeholder Chairman Pro-Tempore Mary J. Amoroso (D, Mahwah, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder chairman pro-tempore ends 2018),
David L. Ganz (D, Fair Lawn, 2020),
Steve Tanelli (D, North Arlington, 2018),Joan Voss (D, Fort Lee, 2020) and
Tracy Silna Zur (D, Franklin Lakes, 2018), Bergen County's constitutional officials are
County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale, 2021),
Sheriff Michael Saudino (D, Emerson, 2019) and
Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill, 2021).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 1,465 registered voters in Moonachie, of which 632 (43.1% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 199 (13.6% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 633 (43.2% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There was one voter registered to another party. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 54.1% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 66.4% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2016 presidential election, Democrat Hillary Clinton received 572 votes (49.7% vs. 54.2%), ahead of Republican Donald Trump with 545 votes (47.4% vs. 41.1% countywide) and other candidates with 33 votes (2.9% vs. 4.6%), among the 1,161 ballots cast by the borough's 1,664 registered voters, for a turnout of 69.8% (vs. 72.5% in Bergen County). In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 584 votes (61.1% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 349 votes (36.5% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 11 votes (1.2% vs. 0.9%), among the 956 ballots cast by the borough's 1,573 registered voters, for a turnout of 60.8% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 586 votes (51.3% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 539 votes (47.2% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 11 votes (1.0% vs. 0.8%), among the 1,143 ballots cast by the borough's 1,537 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.4% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 559 votes (49.9% vs. 47.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 542 votes (48.3% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 17 votes (1.5% vs. 0.7%), among the 1,121 ballots cast by the borough's 1,547 registered voters, for a turnout of 72.5% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 65.0% of the vote (369 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 33.1% (188 votes), and other candidates with 1.9% (11 votes), among the 587 ballots cast by the borough's 1,499 registered voters (19 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 39.2%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 348 ballots cast (48.6% vs. 48.0% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 296 votes (41.3% vs. 45.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 43 votes (6.0% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 9 votes (1.3% vs. 0.5%), among the 716 ballots cast by the borough's 1,469 registered voters, yielding a 48.7% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
^Melisurgo, Len. "Here's the right way to pronounce 25 N.J. town names everyone botches", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, June 23, 2017. Accessed June 24, 2017. "Moonachie (Bergen County) - People unfamiliar with this small blue-collar borough near MetLife Stadium sometimes say MOO-nah-chee, and legendary New York City Mayor Ed Koch once drew heat for calling it moo-NAH-chee. Some local officials say the correct pronunciation is moo-NAH-key, but others say it's MOO-nah-key."
^Biography, Congressman Bill Pascrell. Accessed January 3, 2019."A native son of Paterson, N.J., Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. has built a life of public service upon the principles he learned while growing up on the south side of the Silk City."
^Wildstein, David (January 24, 2018). "Calabrese unopposed for Caride seat". Politics DW. Retrieved 2018. Caride resigned last week, following Gov. Phil Murphy's inauguration. She is currently the Acting Commissioner of Banking and Insurance as she awaits State Senate confirmation.
^Gavin, John A. "Council tells district to lower student estimates", The Record, May 17, 2010. Accessed September 7, 2014. "The Borough Council wants the one-school district to lower estimates of how many students will attend Wood-Ridge High School, its receiving school, and predictions about how many students will be placed in special education programs outside the district.... The school had calculated that 104 students would enroll in the high school, Vaccaro said."
^Ortiz, Keldy; and Wyrich, Andrew. "Giants player's Moonachie home defaced with racist slurs", The Record, December 8, 2016. Accessed December 11, 2016. "Giants fullback Nikita Whitlock had his home marked with 'KKK' letters and the words 'Go back to Africa' Tuesday night while he was away, according to the Moonachie Police and a CBS New York report."
Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties) prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958.