is a borough
in Bergen County
, New Jersey
, in the Hackensack River
Watershed. As of the United States 2000 Census
, the borough population was 2,754.
Moonachie was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 11, 1910, from portions of Lodi Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 3, 1910. On March 26, 1917, portions of Moonachie were taken to form Teterboro.
The name of the borough is typically pronounced either "MOON-a-key" or "Moon-AH-key;" however, in January of 1987, then-New York City Mayor Ed Koch pronounced it "Mah-NOO-chee" when he made his now-famous quip that the New York Giants should hold their victory parade in front of the borough's oil drums after the team had just won the Super Bowl (Koch refused to grant the Giants permission to hold a parade within the city limits because the team plays its home games in New Jersey and not in New York City or even New York State).
Moonachie is located at (40.841668, -74.059009), and is approximately 9 miles (14.5 km) northwest of downtown Manhattan
in New York City
. Nearby is East Rutherford
, in which can be found the Meadowlands Sports Complex
, home to the National Football League
's New York Giants
and New York Jets
, the National Basketball Association
's New Jersey Nets
, the National Hockey League
's New Jersey Devils
, and a racetrack at which both thoroughbred horse racing
and harness racing
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²), all of it land. The borough's ZIP code is 07074.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 2,754 people, 1,041 households, and 707 families residing in the borough. The population density
was 1,596.5 people per square mile (614.6/km²). There were 1,074 housing units at an average density of 622.6/sq mi (239.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 85.66% White
, 0.94% African American
, 0.11% Native American
, 6.64% Asian
, 2.94% from other races
, and 3.70% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 12.67% of the population.
There were 1,041 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.27.
In the borough the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $50,571, and the median income for a family was $62,163. Males had a median income of $41,875 versus $32,829 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,654. About 1.7% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
Moonachie 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 and only votes to break a tie. 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.
Moonachie's Mayor is Frederick Dressel. Moonachie's Borough Council is composed of George Cahill (D, 2008), George Collazo (D, 2009), Maureen Flynn (D, 2008), Kathy Kinsella (D, 2010), Bruce Surak (D, 2009) and Dennis Vaccaro (D, 2010).
On November 6, 2007. Democratic incumbents Kathy Kinsella and Dennis Vaccaro ran unopposed in their bids for additional three-year terms.
On Election Day, November 7, 2006, voters selected a Mayor for a four-year term, filled two three-year seats up for election on the Borough Council and voted on a ballot question. As of Election Day, the council was filled with six Democrats, in a community in which registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a better than 3-2 margin. The Democratic incumbents all ran unopposed, with Frederick J. Dressel (445 votes) winning reelection as Mayor, and councilmembers George Collazo (432) and Bruce Surak (435) winning new terms. Voters approved the establishment of a Length of Service Awards Program by a 270-147 margin.The qualifications to serve in the Moonachie Borough Council include being at least 18 years old, a high school graduate, and a resident.
Federal, state and county representation
Moonachie is in the Ninth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 36th Legislative District.
As of April 1
, out of a 2004 Census estimated population of 2,816 in Moonachie, there were 1,473 registered voters (52.3% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Of registered voters, 333 (22.6% vs. 20.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats
, 185 (12.6% vs. 19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans
and 955 (64.8% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared
. There were no voters registered to other parties.
On the national level, Moonachie is almost evenly split. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 50% of the vote here, edging Democrat John Kerry, who received around 49%.
Public school students in Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade attend the Robert L. Craig School which served 281 students (based on 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics
) as part of the Moonachie School District
For grades nine through twelve, public school students attend Wood-Ridge High School in Wood-Ridge, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Wood-Ridge School District.
County Route 503
passes through Moonachie as Moonachie Road.
New Jersey Transit bus routes 76, 144, 145, 148, 160, 161, 163, 164, 703 and 772 serve Moonachie.
Portions of Teterboro Airport are located in Moonachie.