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Somers Point, New Jersey
City in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States
The City of Somers Point is in the eastern part of Atlantic County, southwest of Atlantic City.
John Somers was the first European settler in what is now Somers Point. Somers purchased the land along the northern periphery of the Great Egg Harbor Bay from Thomas Budd in 1693, making it the oldest European settlement in what is now Atlantic County. Great Egg Harbour Township was designated in 1693 from the eastern portions of Gloucester County, which included Somers Point. Somers named the area Somerset Plantation, Somers Ferry, and Somers Plantation, until the name Somers Point became established in 1750. In 1695, John Somers operated the first ferry service across the Great Egg Harbor Bay to Cape May County. His son Richard built Somers Mansion overlooking the harbor sometime between 1720 and 1726, which remains the county's oldest existing home. Somers Point was designated as a port of entry in 1791 and remained one until it was abolished in 1915. By the 1830s, when Somers Point became part of Atlantic County, it was a popular summer resort with several boarding houses.
Panoramic map of "Somers-Point" with list of landmarks ans images of several inset (1925)
Somers Point was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 24, 1886, from portions of Egg Harbor Township, based on the results of a referendum held five days earlier. At that time, there were 48 people registered to vote in the borough. Somers Point was reincorporated as a borough on April 2, 1890, based on the previous day's referendum. Somers Point was incorporated as a city on April 9, 1902, from all of Somers Point borough and additional portions of Egg Harbor Township. The borough was named for John Somers.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 5.159 square miles (13.361 km2), including 4.030 square miles (10.437 km2) of land and 1.129 square miles (2.924 km2) of water (21.88%).
The 4,655 households accounted 26.2% with children under the age of 18 living with them; 36.8% were married couples living together; 18.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.90.
In the city, the population age was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 31.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.4 years. For every 100 females, the population had 88.5 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 84.5 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $47,312 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,646) and the median family income was $51,489 (+/- $7,704). Males had a median income of $45,385 (+/- $6,862) versus $37,536 (+/- $3,731) for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,626 (+/- $1,822). About 11.9% of families and 12.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.6% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.
There were 4,920 households of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.2% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.97.
Age distribution was 23.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.2 males.
The median household income was $42,222, and the median family income was $51,868. Males had a median income of $39,650 versus $28,691 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,229. About 5.0% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 2.3% of those age 65 or over.
Somers Point is the home to the largest crabbing tournament in the United States, the Assault on Patcong Creek. Founded in 2010, the tournament takes place annually in June and attracts participants from over a dozen states.
Somers Point is governed under the City form of government. The governing body consists of a mayor and a seven-member City Council, all elected on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. The mayor serves a four-year term, with one council member from each of the two wards up for each year in a three-year cycle and a single at-large seat. The Mayor is elected to a four-year term and is assigned overall responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of the municipality. As Chief Executive Officer, the Mayor is charged with putting into effect the municipal laws, known as ordinances. The Mayor is not a member of the governing body, but has the statutory authority to veto ordinances, and may vote in the event of a tie. The Mayor makes appointments to certain boards, including the Planning Board, Recreation Commission, and Environmental Commission. The Council elects one of its members as President to chair the Council meetings and perform the other duties of a presiding officer. The City Council is the governing body of the City. They enact ordinances. The Council adopts an annual budget and sets policy for the municipality.
As of 2020[update], the Mayor of Somers Point is Republican John L. "Jack" Glasser Jr., whose term of office ends on December 31, 2023. Members of the City Council are Council President Sean T. McGuigan (R, 2022; 1st Ward), Carl D'Adamo (D, 2020; At Large), Howard W. Dill (R, 2021; 2nd Ward), Kirk J. Gerety (R, 2020; 1st Ward), Janice Johnston (R, 2021; 1st Ward - elected to serve an unexpired term), Michael Owen (R, 2022; 2nd Ward) and James J. Toto (R, 2020; 2nd Ward).
In August 2019, the City Council selected Janice Johnston from a list of three candidates nominated by the Republican municipal committee to fill the First Ward seat expiring in December 2021 that had been held by Ronald Meischker until he resigned the previous month after announcing that he was moving out of the city.
In September 2017, the City Council selected Ron Meischker from a list of three candidates nominated by the Republican Municipal Committee to fill the vacant 1st Ward seat expiring in December 2018 that had been held by Thomas Smith until he resigned from office earlier that month.
In January 2016, the City Council selected James Toto from three names nominated by the Republican municipal committee to fill the 2nd Ward seat expiring in 2017 that was vacated by Maureen Kern when she took office as a member of the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Toto served on an interim basis until the November 2016 general election, when he was elected to serve the balance of the term.
In elections held on November 8, 2011, Jack Glasser defeated Democrat-turned Independent Daniel Gudauskas by 1,650-558, making it the largest margin of victory in a contested election on the municipal level in Somers Point history. Triboletti and Kern ran unopposed in the first and second wards respectively.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 6,619 registered voters in Somers Point City, of which 1,624 (24.5% vs. 30.5% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,979 (29.9% vs. 25.2%) were registered as Republicans and 3,009 (45.5% vs. 44.3%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 7 voters registered to other parties. Among the city's 2010 Census population, 61.3% (vs. 58.8% in Atlantic County) were registered to vote, including 77.9% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 76.6% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 2,506 votes (53.5% vs. 57.9% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 2,077 votes (44.4% vs. 41.1%) and other candidates with 53 votes (1.1% vs. 0.9%), among the 4,681 ballots cast by the city's 7,075 registered voters, for a turnout of 66.2% (vs. 65.8% in Atlantic County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 2,597 votes (51.5% vs. 56.5% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 2,309 votes (45.8% vs. 41.6%) and other candidates with 71 votes (1.4% vs. 1.1%), among the 5,042 ballots cast by the city's 7,120 registered voters, for a turnout of 70.8% (vs. 68.1% in Atlantic County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 2,529 votes (51.2% vs. 46.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 2,313 votes (46.9% vs. 52.0%) and other candidates with 43 votes (0.9% vs. 0.8%), among the 4,936 ballots cast by the city's 6,642 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.3% (vs. 69.8% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 1,963 votes (64.3% vs. 60.0% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 938 votes (30.7% vs. 34.9%) and other candidates with 49 votes (1.6% vs. 1.3%), among the 3,052 ballots cast by the city's 7,272 registered voters, yielding a 42.0% turnout (vs. 41.5% in the county). In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 1,677 votes (51.3% vs. 47.7% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 1,282 votes (39.2% vs. 44.5%), Independent Chris Daggett with 224 votes (6.8% vs. 4.8%) and other candidates with 42 votes (1.3% vs. 1.2%), among the 3,271 ballots cast by the city's 6,794 registered voters, yielding a 48.1% turnout (vs. 44.9% in the county).
Somers Point native Maureen Kern currently serves as a member of the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
On the city's southern border, bridges connect to Cape May County via the Garden State Parkway to Upper Township, into Ocean City via Route 52 and over the Beesley's Point Bridge, which has been demolished. As part of a $400 million project completed by the New Jersey Department of Transportation in 2012, a new causeway for Route 52 was completed over Great Egg Harbor Bay, replacing the Howard S. Stainton Memorial Causeway that had been completed in 1933. the Beesley's Point Bridge was demolished in 2013 as part of a project adding a new bridge for traffic on the Parkway.
^Kuperinsky, Amy. "'The Jewel of the Meadowlands'?: N.J.'s best, worst and weirdest town slogans", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, January 22, 2015. Accessed July 12, 2016. "Somers Point, rich with views of Atlantic County's Great Egg Harbor Bay, has signs that say 'The Shore Starts Here'. They went up this past summer, says Michael Bray, chairman of the Somers Point Economic Development Advisory Commission. 'We're positioned in such a way that we're a year-round community,' he says."
^"A Short History of Somers Point", Somers Point Historical Society. Accessed May 22, 2017. "Somers Point was originally settled by John Somers, an Englishman and practicing Quaker, who bought the land from Thomas Budd. Early names for the area were Somerset Plantation, Somers Ferry, and Somers Plantation, named after the first settlers in 1693."
^Somers' Mansion, Col. Richard Somers Chapter. Accessed May 22, 2017. "Somers Mansion, situated on Shore Road in Somers Point, NJ, is the oldest house in Atlantic County. It was built about 1725 by Richard Somers, oldest son of John Somers."
^Marino, Suzanne. "Patcong Creek Foundation, crab tourney support environmental initiatives", The Current of Egg Harbor Township, January 25, 2017. Accessed May 22, 2017. "Harbormaster Ron Meischker organizes the annual Assault on Patcong Creek crabbing tournament here - the success of which spawned the Patcong Creek Foundation, a nonprofit organization that looks to help the local environment through education. The tournament, scheduled for Saturday, June 24, began in 2010 with a few friends getting together for a crabbing tournament on Patcong Creek, with the winner getting bragging rights and everyone enjoying a day on the water.... Today organizers are billing the Assault on Patcong Creek as the largest crabbing tournament in the country, with crabbers and their families coming from as far away as Texas."
^Ke;;ehr, Kristen. "Johnston is new council member in Somers Point", Ocean City Sentinel, August 29, 2029. Accessed March 8, 2020. "Somers Point City Council swore in a new council member, Janice Johnston, during a Thursday, Aug. 22, meeting. Johnston will take over former City Councilman Ron Meischker's term. Meischker resigned from the council last month. In his resignation letter, Meischker wrote that he purchased a property outside of Somers Point and planned to move out of the city."
^Marino, Suzanne. "Somers Point Harbormaster Meischker appointed to City Council", The Current of Linwood, Northfield and Somers Point, September 20, 2017. Accessed January 23, 2018. "Longtime local Republican campaign chairman Ron Meischker was selected last week to replace 1st ward Councilman Thomas Smith on City Council.... Meischker was one of three names proffered by the Republican Club to replace Smith, a seven-year veteran of the governing body who resigned effective Sept. 11."
^Lowe, Claire. "Toto selected to replace Kern on Somers Point Council", The Press of Atlantic City, January 19, 2016. Accessed June 15, 2016. "Republican James Toto will fill the vacancy on Somers Point Council created by newly seated Freeholder Maureen Kern. Kern, who represented the 2nd Ward, resigned effective Jan. 5 with two years left of her third three-year term. At its Jan. 14 meeting, council approved Toto to fill the vacancy until December 2016."
^Smith, Shaun. "Glasser, Kern, Triboletti win re-election in Somers Point ", Shore News Today, November 9, 2011. Accessed November 27, 2011. "Republican John L. "Jack" Glasser has been elected here to his second term as mayor, and he will be joined by fellow incumbent council members Maureen Kern and Ralph Triboletti."
^Stewart, Zan. "Drummer Discovers Small Is Beautiful", Los Angeles Times, April 25, 1993. Accessed November 19, 2013. "Last year, [Peter Erskine], along with bassist John Patitucci, traveled through the United States for a month with a threesome led by pianist Chick Corea. The Somers Point, N. J., native also worked in Italy and Spain as part of pianist Joey Calderazzo's trio, then recorded on the latter's upcoming Blue Note release."
^Van Atta, Burr. "John Hamilton Jr., 67, Former State Legislator", The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 12, 1986. Accessed November 30, 2014. "John H. Hamilton Jr., 67, who represented a large portion of northwestern Philadelphia in the state House during the 1960s and 1970s, died Sunday night at his summer home in Somers Point, N.J. He lived in the Roxborough section of the city."
^Lemongello, Steven. "Playmate's journey began in Somers Point", The Press of Atlantic City, April 19, 2009. Accessed March 31, 2011. ""From Gregory's to Caroline's to the Anchorage", Jennifer Pershing, 28, listed her hometown drinking establishments, 'pretty much any time I walk into one, I see somebody I know.' The former Jennifer Ackley, a 1998 graduate of Mainland Regional High School, returned to the area this weekend for an appearance at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort - or, as this week's At The Shore puts it, locals and visitors had the chance to 'Party with a Playmate.'"