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North Plainfield, New Jersey
Borough in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States
North Plainfield Township was created from portions of Warren Township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature passed on April 2, 1872. The borough of North Plainfield became an independent municipality on June 9, 1885. The name derives from Plainfield, which derived its name from a local estate or from its scenic location.
In 1902, the New Jersey Legislature approved measures that would have allowed the borough to become part of Union County (a measure repealed in 1903) and to allow for a merger of North Plainfield with the City of Plainfield subject to the approval of a referendum by voters in both municipalities.
North Plainfield is home to the Washington Park Historic District.
According to the United States Census Bureau, North Plainfield borough had a total area of 2.82 square miles (7.31 km2), including 2.81 square miles (7.27 km2) of land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) of water (0.46%).
Of the 7,448 households, 35.8% had children under the age of 18; 48.3% were married couples living together; 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present and 29.3% were non-families. Of all households, 22.8% were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.40.
24.5% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.1 years. For every 100 females, the population had 100.8 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 98.5 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $67,815 (with a margin of error of +/- $2,878) and the median family income was $70,359 (+/- $5,666). Males had a median income of $42,766 (+/- $2,549) versus $43,057 (+/- $3,208) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $27,529 (+/- $1,466). About 5.3% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.8% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.
There were 7,202 households, out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.40.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 25.8% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 36.5% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.8 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $55,322, and the median income for a family was $62,875. Males had a median income of $39,662 versus $30,816 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $22,791. About 4.4% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 Census, 5.39% of North Plainfield's residents identified themselves as being of Ecuadorian ancestry, which was the fourth highest of any municipality in New Jersey and the eighth highest percentage of Ecuadorian people in any place in the United States with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.
The Borough of North Plainfield is governed within the Faulkner Act under the Mayor-Council system of municipal government (Plan E), implemented as of January 1, 1977, based on the recommendations of a Charter Study Commission. The borough is one of 71 municipalities (of the 565) statewide governed under this form. The governing body is comprised of the Mayor and the Township Council. This form provides for a strong-mayor type of government, in which the mayor has executive functions and the legislative branch is the Borough Council. The Councilmembers and Mayor are elected in even-numbered years at the November general election to staggered four-year terms of office in partisan elections on an at-large basis, with four council seats up for election together and then the mayor and the other three council seats up for election at the same time, two years later. The Municipal Judge is appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council, and serves for three years. The Mayor runs the Borough on a day-to-day basis and ensures the enforcement of the legislation passed by the Council.
As of 2020[update], the Mayor of North Plainfield is Democrat Michael Giordano Jr., whose term of office ends December 31, 2020. Members of the North Plainfield Borough Council are Council President Frank A. "Skip" Stabile III (D, 2020), Council Vice President Everett Merrill (D, 2022), Aimee Corzo (D, 2020; elected to serve an unexpired term), Lawrence La Ronde (D, 2022), Keiona R. Miller (D, 2020), Wendy Schaefer (D, 2022) and Douglas M. Singleterry (D, 2022).
In August 2018, the Borough Council selected Aimee Corzo from a list of three candidates nominated by the Democratic municipal committee to fill the seat expiring in December 2020 that had been held by Frank Righetti until he resigned from office. Corzo served on an interim basis until the November 2018 general election, when she was elected to serve the balance of the term of office.
Federal, state and county representation
North Plainfield is located in the 7th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 22nd state legislative district.
Somerset County is governed by a five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose members are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects a Director and Deputy Director from among its members. As of 2020, Somerset County's Freeholders are
Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson (D, Franklin Township, term as freeholder ends 2021; term as freeholder director ends 2020), Freeholder Deputy Director Sara Sooy (D, Basking Ridge in Bernards Township, term as freeholder ends 2021; term as freeholder deputy director ends 2020)), and Freeholders Brian G. Gallagher (R, Somerville, 2020), Brian D. Levine (R, Franklin Township, term as freeholder ends 2020), and Melonie Marano (D, Green Brook Township).
Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are
County Clerk Steve Peter (D, Somerville, 2022),
Sheriff Darrin J. Russo (D, Franklin Township, 2022) and
Surrogate Frank Bruno (R, Branchburg, 2020).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 9,738 registered voters in North Plainfield, of which 3,403 (34.9% vs. 26.0% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,582 (16.2% vs. 25.7%) were registered as Republicans and 4,746 (48.7% vs. 48.2%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 7 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 44.4% (vs. 60.4% in Somerset County) were registered to vote, including 58.8% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 80.4% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 72.9% of the vote (4,655 cast), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 26.2% (1,671 votes), and other candidates with 1.0% (61 votes), among the 6,432 ballots cast by the borough's 10,444 registered voters (45 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 61.6%. In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 4,938 votes (67.5% vs. 52.1% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 2,219 votes (30.3% vs. 46.1%) and other candidates with 84 votes (1.1% vs. 1.1%), among the 7,317 ballots cast by the borough's 9,825 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.5% (vs. 78.7% in Somerset County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 3,861 votes (58.5% vs. 47.2% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 2,650 votes (40.2% vs. 51.5%) and other candidates with 60 votes (0.9% vs. 0.9%), among the 6,597 ballots cast by the borough's 8,891 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.2% (vs. 81.7% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Democrat Barbara Buono received 49.5% of the vote (1,681 cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 48.8% (1,658 votes), and other candidates with 1.7% (59 votes), among the 3,453 ballots cast by the borough's 10,602 registered voters (55 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 32.6%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 2,119 ballots cast (50.3% vs. 34.1% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 1,744 votes (41.4% vs. 55.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 255 votes (6.1% vs. 8.7%) and other candidates with 46 votes (1.1% vs. 0.7%), among the 4,214 ballots cast by the borough's 9,840 registered voters, yielding a 42.8% turnout (vs. 52.5% in the county).
North Plainfield vote by party in presidential elections
US 22 in North Plainfield, the largest and busiest highway in the boro
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough has a total of 49.77 miles (80.10 km) of roads, of which 39.28 miles (63.22 km) were maintained by the municipality, 7.22 miles (11.62 km) by the county and 3.27 miles (5.26 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
^Police Department: North Plainfield's BeginningArchived 2011-04-24 at the Wayback Machine, Borough of North Plainfield. Accessed February 26, 2011. "On April 2, 1872, an Act of the New Jersey Legislature was passed, which divided North Plainfield Township from the Township of Warren. This new township included the towns of North Plainfield, Watchung and Green Brook. The boundaries of this new township were set up in the Act, known as Assembly No. 113. North Plainfield was set off from the Township in the year 1885, Watchung in the year 1926, and Green Brook in 1932."
^Council, Borough of North Plainfield. Accessed May 17, 2020. "The people of the Borough of North Plainfield voted in a referendum for the Borough to operate under the Faulkner Act, which gives us a strong-mayor type of government."
^Special Meeting Minutes for August 28, 2018, Borough of North Plainfield. Accessed March 1, 2020. "Ms. Schaefer made a motion to appoint Aimee Corzo to fill the unexpired Council Seat term of Frank Righetti, Council, starting this evening and to serve until the certification and qualification of an elected party at the November 6, 2018 General Election to fill the unexpired term of Mr. Righetti which expires on January 1, 2021.... Mayor Giordano administered the Oath of Office to Ms. Corzo."
^Human Resources, North Plainfield School District. Accessed May 17, 2020. "Our district is comprised of three elementary schools (K-4), one intermediate school (5-6), one middle school (7-8), and one High School (9-12)."
^"RVCC Applauds New Bus Route to Run from N. Plainfield to College", Raritan Valley Community College, May 23, 2017. Accessed December 31, 2017. "Raritan Valley Community College applauds the expansion of a bus route that will enhance transportation options for students commuting from North Plainfield to the College's Branchburg campus. The expanded route for Somerset County's CAT-2R (Community Access Transit) shuttle system will offer peak-hour service from North Plainfield to the College from Monday to Friday."
^Lewis, Brian. "Bicknell interested in Rutgers coaching job", Courier-News, December 7, 1995. Accessed July 5, 2018. "Now, North Plainfield native Jack Bicknell would love nothing more than to come home as the next Rutgers football coach.... A 1955 North Plainfield grad, and a former Watchung Hills assistant, Bicknell's roots are strictly Central Jersey."
^Yannis, Alex. "Canter's Dream Comes True", The New York Times, June 3, 1984. Accessed October 29, 2013. "The 22-year-old Canter, who was born in North Plainfield, N.J., and grew up in Chatham Township, about 30 minutes by car from Giants Stadium, is in his third year in the league and first with the Cosmos."
^Staff. "Claims a Share of Company's Profits", The New York Times, January 14, 1899. Accessed May 2, 2011. "David T. Kenney of North Plainfield has secured an order from Vice Chancellor Reed for the Sanitary earthenware company of Trenton to show cause next Tuesday why it should not be enjoined from selling out to the American Potteries Company."
^Staff. "Music Best Bets", Courier News, May 8, 2003. Accessed August 29, 2011. "Slim's new album I Have Arrived and his band feature former members of Spin Doctors, including North Plainfield-raised Raritan-based guitarist Anthony Krizan."
^"Harry Leahey, Jazz Guitarist, 54", The New York Times, August 16, 1990. Accessed August 5, 2020. "Harry Leahey, a jazz guitarist and teacher, died on Sunday at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. He was 54 years old and lived in North Plainfield, N.J., until last year, when he moved to Iselin, N.J."
^Jack Melick BiographyArchived 2013-11-01 at the Wayback Machine, Jack Melick and his Orchestra. Accessed October 29, 2013. "In 2008, popular band leader Jack Melick celebrated his 55th year as a full-time professional musician! His career started in his hometown, North Plainfield, NJ, when his mother started him on piano lessons at the age of five."
^Sutton, Horace "This Wayward Bus Crosses the Channel", Los Angeles Times, October 29, 1961. Accessed October 29, 2013. "The combo includes 14-year-old Barry Miles, a drumming prodigy from North Plainfield. NJ, Julian Euell of New York on the bass, and John Handy, who started playing professionally in San Francisco."