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Morris Plains,NJ

Morris Plains, New Jersey
Borough of Morris Plains
Motto: "The Community of Caring"

Morris Plains highlighted in Morris County. Inset map: Morris County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.

Census Bureau map of Morris Plains, New Jersey

Coordinates: 40°50′28″N 74°28′22″W / 40.841134°N 74.472877°W / 40.841134; -74.472877Coordinates: 40°50′28″N 74°28′22″W / 40.841134°N 74.472877°W / 40.841134; -74.472877[1][2]

Country United States
state New Jersey
County Morris
Incorporated April 15, 1926
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor Frank J. Druetzler (term ends December 31, 2014)[3]
 • Clerk June R. Uhrin[4]
 • Total 2.594 sq mi (6.718 km2)
 • Land 2.557 sq mi (6.623 km2)
 • Water 0.037 sq mi (0.095 km2)  1.42%
Area rank 369th of 566 in state
30th of 39 in county[2]
Elevation[6] 430 ft (130 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total 5,532
 • Estimate (2012[10]) 5,714
 • Rank 363rd of 566 in state
29th of 39 in county[11]
 • Density 2,163.5/sq mi (835.3/km2)
 • Density rank 279th of 566 in state
14th of 39 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07950[12][13]
Area code(s) 973[14]
FIPS code 3402748210[15][2][16]
GNIS feature ID 0885308[17][2]

Morris Plains is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 5,532,[7][8][9] reflecting an increase of 296 (+5.7%) from the 5,236 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 17 (+0.3%) from the 5,219 counted in the 1990 Census.[18]

Morris Plains was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 15, 1926, from portions of Hanover Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 15, 1926.[19]

Morris Plains serves as a bedroom community, with many residents traveling to work in New York City. The Morristown Line of New Jersey Transit provides commuters with direct access to New York Penn Station and to Hoboken Terminal.

The borough has been a major base of operations for Pfizer, previously the headquarters for Warner-Lambert. Pfizer has sponsored the Health and Medical Science Academy at Morristown High School and an annual 5k race around Morris Plains. In 2012, a 63-acre (25 ha) property owned by Pfizer on the west side of Route 53 was acquired by M&M Realty Partners, which plans to redevelop the site for a mixed use development that would include 500 housing units and 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) for retail use.[20]


Morris Plains is located at 40°50′28″N 74°28′22″W / 40.841134°N 74.472877°W / 40.841134; -74.472877 (40.841134,-74.472877). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.594 square miles (6.718 km2), of which, 2.557 square miles (6.623 km2) of it was land and 0.037 square miles (0.095 km2) of it (1.42%) was water.[1][2]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20125,714[10]3.3%
Population sources: 1930[21]
1930-1990[22] 2000[23][24] 2010[7][8][9]

Census 2010


The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $103,688 (with a margin of error of +/- $12,744) and the median family income was $127,614 (+/- $20,257). Males had a median income of $91,908 (+/- $21,398) versus $67,232 (+/- $24,331) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $45,165 (+/- $10,332). About 0.4% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.0% of those under age 18 and 0.6% of those age 65 or over.[25]

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census[15] there were 5,236 people, 1,955 households, and 1,477 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,018.7 people per square mile (780.6/km2). There were 1,994 housing units at an average density of 768.8 per square mile (297.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 92.91% White, 1.34% African American, 0.06% Native American, 4.32% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.69% of the population.[23][24]

There were 1,955 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.0% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.05.[23][24]

In the borough the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The average age is 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.[23][24]

The median income for a household in the borough was $84,806, and the median income for a family was $98,333. Males had a median income of $75,040 versus $44,554 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $36,553. About 1.5% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 2.4% of those age 65 or over.[23][24]


Local government

Morris Plains is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.[5]

As of 2013, the Mayor of Morris Plains is Republican Frank J. Druetzler, whose term of office ends December 31, 2014). Members of the Borough Council (with party, term-end year and committee chairmanship listed in parentheses) are Council President Laurie Fu (R, 2015; Public Buildings and Grounds), Joseph Cecala, Jr. (R, 2015; Public Works), George J. Coogan (R, 2014; Ordinance and Public Utilities), Jason C. Karr (D, 2013; Finance), Frank Mangravite (D, 2014; Public Health, Sanitation and Sewers) and Suzanne B. McCluskey (R, 2013; Public Safety).[4][26]

Police Department

The Morris Plains Police Department has 17 sworn officers. The command structure has a chief, two lieutenants, five sergeants, nine patrolmen and six civilians.[27] They are dispatched through the Morris County Communication Center who dispatches for the police, fire and first aid departments. The police department handled over 29,000 calls for the year 2010.[28]

Federal, state and county representation

Morris Plains is located in the 11th Congressional District[29] and is part of New Jersey's 26th state legislative district.[8][30][31]

New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, Harding Township).[32] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark)[33] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[34][35]

The 26th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Joseph Pennacchio (R, Montville) and in the General Assembly by Jay Webber (R, Morris Plains).[36] Republican Alex DeCroce, who had been the longest-serving member of the Assembly, died at the New Jersey State House on January 9, 2012, the day before he would have taken office for his next term.[37] On January 25, 2012, his widow, BettyLou DeCroce, was selected by the Morris County Republican Committee to replace him in the Assembly until a November 2012 special election is held.[38] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[39] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[40]

Morris County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year.[41] As of 2011, Morris County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director William J. Chegwidden (Wharton),[42] Deputy Freeholder Director Douglas R. Cabana (Boonton Township),[43] Gene F. Feyl (Denville),[44] Ann F. Grassi (Parsippany-Troy Hills),[45] Thomas J. Mastrangelo (Montville),[46] John J. Murphy (Morris Township)[47] and Hank Lyon (Montville Township),[48][49]


As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 3,935 registered voters in Morris Plains, of which 853 (21.7%) were registered as Democrats, 1,695 (43.1%) were registered as Republicans and 1,381 (35.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 6 voters registered to other parties.[50]

In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 52.3% of the vote here (1,725 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 45.8% (1,511 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (27 votes), among the 3,297 ballots cast by the borough's 3,994 registered voters, for a turnout of 82.5%.[51] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 55.9% of the vote here (1,783 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 42.8% (1,365 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (31 votes), among the 3,191 ballots cast by the borough's 3,921 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 81.4.[52]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 58.6% of the vote here (1,337 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 31.5% (719 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 8.4% (191 votes) and other candidates with 0.4% (10 votes), among the 2,283 ballots cast by the borough's 3,898 registered voters, yielding a 58.6% turnout.[53]


The Morris Plains Schools educate public school students from Kindergarten through eighth grade. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[54]) are Mountain Way School[55] for grades K-2 (207 students) and Morris Plains Borough School[56] for grades 3-8 (378 students).[57]

Students in public school for ninth through twelfth grades attend Morristown High School, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Morris School District which also serves the communities of Morristown and Morris Township (for grades K-12).[58]

Saint Virgil Academy, founded in 1910, is a Catholic school serving students in preschool through eighth grade (including PreK3 and PreK4) that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson.[59][60]


New Jersey Transit provides service at the Morris Plains train station[61] on the Morristown Line to Newark Broad Street Station, Secaucus Junction, New York Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal.[62] The one-story red brick station house, constructed in 1915 in Renaissance Revival style, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1984.[63]

New Jersey Transit provides local bus service on the [[MCM2 (New Jersey bus)|], MCM3 and MCM10 routes.[64]

TV & Movies

Notable people

Notable current and former residents of Morris Plains include:


External links

  • Borough of Morris Plains, New Jersey
  • Morris Plains Police
  • Morris Plains Schools
  • Saint Virgil Academy
  • New Jersey Department of Education
  • National Center for Education Statistics
  • Morristown High School
  • Morris School District
  • regional area newspaper
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