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East Rutherford

East Rutherford, New Jersey
Borough of East Rutherford
Official seal of East Rutherford, New Jersey

Map highlighting East Rutherford's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey

Census Bureau map of East Rutherford, New Jersey

Coordinates: 40°49′02″N 74°05′06″W / 40.817097°N 74.085024°W / 40.817097; -74.085024Coordinates: 40°49′02″N 74°05′06″W / 40.817097°N 74.085024°W / 40.817097; -74.085024[1][2]

Country United States
State New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated April 17, 1889 (as Boiling Springs township)
Reincorporated March 28, 1894 (as East Rutherford)
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor James L. Cassella (R, term ends December 31, 2015)[3]
 • Clerk Danielle Lorenc[4]
 • Total 4.052 sq mi (10.494 km2)
 • Land 3.709 sq mi (9.606 km2)
 • Water 0.343 sq mi (0.889 km2)  8.47%
Area rank 295th of 566 in state
20th of 70 in county[2]
Elevation[6] 3 ft (0.9 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total 8,913
 • Estimate (2012[10]) 8,978
 • Rank 258th of 566 in state
42nd of 70 in county[11]
 • Density 2,403.2/sq mi (927.9/km2)
 • Density rank 257th of 566 in state
52nd of 70 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07073[12][13]
Area code(s) 201[14]
FIPS code 3400319510[15][2][16]
GNIS feature ID 0885201[17][2]

East Rutherford is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 8,913,[7][8][9] reflecting an increase of 197 (+2.3%) from the 8,716 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 814 (+10.3%) from the 7,902 counted in the 1990 Census.[18] It is an inner-ring suburb of New York City, located 7 miles (11 km) west of Midtown Manhattan.

By an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 17, 1889, a portion of the old Union Township was incorporated under the name of Boiling Springs Township.[19] The new township took its name from a spring in the community. On March 28, 1894, the Borough of East Rutherford was created, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day, and Boiling Springs Township was dissolved.[19] While there was no change in its borders, the name and form of government were changed.[19][20] The borough was the second formed during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone.[21]

East Rutherford is the home of the Meadowlands Sports Complex, which includes the Izod Center, the former home of the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association and the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League, and current home of the Ticket-City Legends Classic and Fordham Rams basketball as well as concerts and other events; and MetLife Stadium, home of the National Football League's New York Giants and New York Jets and the site of Super Bowl XLVIII and the site of WrestleMania 29, as well as the former site of Giants Stadium, which hosted the Giants, Jets and the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer. East Rutherford is the only municipality with fewer than 10,000 residents to have been home to five professional sports teams simultaneously.[22]

The borough is the site of the American Dream Meadowlands project, a large planned shopping center and entertainment complex that was originally named "Xanadu". If it were to be completed it would be the second largest mall in the state behind the Westfield Garden State Plaza. Triple Five Group took control of the project in August 2013, but faces lawsuits from the Giants and Jets, who claim that the increased traffic on game days will cause disruptions that violate their agreements with the original developer of the complex.[23]


East Rutherford is located at 40°49′02″N 74°05′06″W / 40.817097°N 74.085024°W / 40.817097; -74.085024 (40.817097,-74.085024). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 4.052 square miles (10.494 km2), of which, 3.709 square miles (9.606 km2) of it is land and 0.343 square miles (0.889 km2) of it (8.47%) is water.[2][1]

East Rutherford is bounded on the north by the boroughs of Carlstadt and Wallington and to the south by the borough of Rutherford. The Passaic River is the western boundary, and the Hackensack River is the eastern boundary. The area in which East Rutherford is located is the valley of the Passaic and Hackensack rivers.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20128,978[10]0.7%
Population sources: 1890-1920[24]
1890-1910[25] 1910-1930[26]
1900-1990[27][28] 2000[29][30] 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 $62,471 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,225) and the median family income was $71,357 (+/- $10,225). Males had a median income of $57,511 (+/- $8,669) versus $48,502 (+/- $2,269) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $32,467 (+/- $2,752). About 5.9% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.[31]

Same-sex couples headed 19 households in 2010, a decline from the 27 counted in 2000.[32]

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census[15] there were 8,716 people, 3,644 households, and 2,157 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,289.1 people per square mile (883.3/km2). There were 3,771 housing units at an average density of 990.4 per square mile (382.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 79.68% White, 3.72% African American, 0.11% Native American, 10.69% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.21% from other races, and 2.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.65% of the population.[29][30]

There were 3,644 households out of which 25.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.8% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.05.[29][30]

In the borough the age distribution of the population shows 19.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 36.5% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.[29][30]

The median income for a household in the borough was $50,163, and the median income for a family was $59,583. Males had a median income of $40,798 versus $36,047 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $28,072. About 7.4% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.[29][30]


Local government

East Rutherford 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, East Rutherford's Mayor is James L. Cassella (R, term ends December 31, 2015). The borough council members are Joel Brizzi (R, 2013), Jeffrey J. Lahullier (R, 2012), George Perry (R, 2012), Edward Ravettine (R, 2013), Saverio "Sam" Stallone (R, 2011) and Thomas Banca (R, 2011).[33][34][35][36]

Federal, state and county representation

East Rutherford is located in the 9th Congressional District[37] and is part of New Jersey's 36th state legislative district.[8][38][39]

New Jersey's Ninth Congressional District is represented by Bill Pascrell (D, Paterson).[40] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark)[41] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[42][43]

The 36th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Paul Sarlo (D, Wood-Ridge) and in the General Assembly by Marlene Caride (D, Ridgefield) and Gary Schaer (D], Passaic).[44] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[45] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[46]

Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders.[47] The County Executive is Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford; term ends December 31, 2014).[48] The seven freeholders are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year, with a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman Pro Tempore selected from among its members at a reorganization meeting held each January.[49] As of 2013, Bergen County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chairman David L. Ganz (D, 2014; Fair Lawn),[50] Vice Chairwoman Joan Voss (D, 2014; Fort Lee),[51] Chairman Pro Tempore John A. Felice (R, 2013; River Edge),[52] Maura R. DeNicola (R, 2013; Franklin Lakes),[53] John D. Mitchell (R, 2013; Cliffside Park),[54] Steve Tanelli (D, 2015; North Arlington)[55] and Tracy Silna Zur (D, 2015; Franklin Lakes).[55][56] Countywide constitutional officials are Sheriff Michael Saudino (R), Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale).[57]


As of Election Day, November 4, 2008, there were 4,152 registered voters. Of registered voters, 1,231 (29.6% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 1,210 (29.1%) were registered as Republicans and 1,708 (41.1%) were registered as Undeclared. There were three voters registered to other parties.[58]

In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 52.2% of the vote here, defeating Republican John McCain, who received 45.9% of the vote, with 82.8% of registered voters participating.[58] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 50% of the vote here, edging Republican George W. Bush, who received around 49%.[59]


Public school students in Kindergarten through eighth grade attend the East Rutherford School District. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[60]) are McKenzie School[61] (PreK–5; 511 students) and Alfred S. Faust School[62] (6–8; 247 students).[63]

For grades 9 to 12, public school students attend the Henry P. Becton Regional High School in East Rutherford, which serves high school students from both Carlstadt and East Rutherford. The school is part of the Carlstadt-East Rutherford Regional School District.[64]

Emergency services


The East Rutherford Police Department provides emergency and protective services to the borough of East Rutherford.

It consists of a Patrol Division, Detective Bureau, Traffic Division, Juvenile Division, and Records Bureau.

The current Chief of Police is Larry Minda.[65]


The East Rutherford Fire Department (ERFD) is an all-volunteer fire department. The ERFD was organized in 1894 and consists of a chief and three assistant chiefs. There are three fire stations. The department is staffed by eighty fully trained firefighters. The ERFD utilizes two Engines, a Ladder truck, a Heavy Rescue, and a Quint. The ERFD also provides emergency medical service to the borough.[66]


Public transportation

New Jersey Transit's Bergen County Line serves Rutherford, but the Rutherford Station is right on the Rutherford - East Rutherford border. Service on the Meadowlands Rail Line began in June 2009, providing access between the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford and Secaucus Junction, and from there to other New Jersey Transit lines.[67]

New Jersey Transit buses include the 160, 163, 164 and 322 routes serving the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan; the 76 to Newark; and local service on the 703 route.[68]


State Routes include Route 17, Route 120 and Route 3. The only interstate that passes through and serves East Rutherford is Interstate 95 (the New Jersey Turnpike Western Spur) at Exit 16W.

Business and industry

East Rutherford is home to the Hudson Group, a retailer which operates a chain of newsstands, bookstores, fast food restaurants, and other retail stores chiefly at airports and train stations.[69]

Management Dynamics, a global trade management and supply chain management software company, is also headquartered in East Rutherford.[70]

The East Rutherford Operations Center handles currency in the area covered by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a task that includes removing and destroying 5 million currency notes every day.[71]

Notable People



  • Westervelt, Frances A. (Frances Augusta), 1858–1942, History of Bergen County, New Jersey, 1630–1923
  • 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

External links

  • East Rutherford official website
  • East Rutherford School District
  • New Jersey Department of Education
  • National Center for Education Statistics
  • Carlstadt-East Rutherford Regional School District
  • Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Meadowlands Liberty Convention & Visitors Bureau
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