is a Township
in Warren County
, New Jersey
. As of the United States 2000 Census
, the township population was 2,083. The township is located in the far eastern region of the Lehigh Valley
Frelinghuysen Township was incorporated from Hardwick Township
on March 7
. According to the book Historical Sites of Warren County
, the township was named after the Honorable Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen
, a minister and theologian of the Dutch Reformed Church
who came to New Jersey in 1720. Theodorus was the grandfather of Theodore Frelinghuysen
, the noted statesman, educator and running mate of presidential candidate Henry Clay
on the Whig Party
ticket in the 1844 election
, and who is also credited as the inspiration for the township's name.
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the township has a total area of 23.5 square miles
), of which, 23.4 square miles (60.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.51%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 2,083 people, 722 households, and 578 families residing in the township. The population density
was 88.9 people per square mile (34.3/km²). There were 755 housing units at an average density of 32.2/sq mi (12.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.79% White
, 0.34% African American
, 0.05% Native American
, 0.38% Asian
, 0.19% Pacific Islander
, 0.48% from other races
, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 2.64% of the population.
There were 722 households out of which 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.5% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.9% were non-families. 14.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the township the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $72,434, and the median income for a family was $78,464. Males had a median income of $56,818 versus $36,827 for females. The per capita income for the township was $28,792. About 1.1% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.6% of those under age 18 and 1.5% of those age 65 or over.
Frelinghuysen Township is governed under the Township
form of government with a three-member Township Committee. The Township Committee is elected directly by the voters in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one seat coming up for election each year.
The committee has an organizational meeting each January to appoint from its membership, a Mayor and Deputy Mayor. These officers serve for one year, until the next organizational meeting.
Members of the Frelinghuysen Township Committee are Mayor Thomas K. Charles (R, term ends December 31, 2008), Deputy Mayor Dale Durling, Sr (R, 2009), Alan DeCarolis (R, 2010), Frank Desiderio (R, 2010), and Debra Natyzak-Osadca (R, 2009).
Federal, state and county representation
Frelinghuysen Township is in the Fifth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 23rd Legislative District.
Children in public school for grades K through 6 attend the Frelinghuysen Township School, which served 194 students as of the 2005-06 school year.
Public school students in grades 7 through 12 attend the North Warren Regional High School (1,044 students) in Blairstown, a public secondary high school, serving students from the townships of Blairstown, Frelinghuysen, Hardwick, and Knowlton.
Notable current and former residents of Frelinghuysen Township include: