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North Caldwell is a borough in northwestern Essex County, New Jersey. North Caldwell was incorporated by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 31, 1898, from portions of Caldwell Township (now known as Fairfield Township). In 1982, the borough was one of four Essex County municipalities to pass a referendum to become a township, joining 11 municipalities that had already made the change. Ultimately, more than a dozen Essex County municipalities reclassified themselves as townships in order take advantage of federal revenue sharing policies that allocated townships a greater share of government aid to municipalities on a per capita basis. Effective January 1, 1992, it again became a borough. The borough derives its name from Presbyterian minister James Caldwell.

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked North Caldwell as its 10th best place to live in its 2010 rankings of the “Best Places To Live” in New Jersey, as well as the 3rd best place to live in its 2013 ranking. In 2017, a Bloomberg analysis ranked North Caldwell the 34th richest town in the United States.

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Local Government

North Caldwell is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a mayor and a borough council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. 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 in a three-year cycle. The borough form of government used by North Caldwell, the most common system used in the state, is a “weak mayor / strong council” government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.

As of 2016, the Mayor of North Caldwell is Republican Joseph H. Alessi, whose term of office ends December 31, 2018. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Cynthia Santomauro (R, 2017), Frank X. Astorino (R, 2018), John Chiaia (R, 2017), Robert C. Kessler (R, 2018), Joshua H. Raymond (R, 2016) and Arthur J. Rees (R, 2016).

In October 2014, the borough council appointed Robert Kessler to fill the vacant seat of Patricia Fost.

Federal, state and county representation

North Caldwell is located in the 11th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey’s 26th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, North Caldwell had been in the 27th state legislative district.

New Jersey’s Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, Harding Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (Paramus, 2019).

For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), 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 BettyLou DeCroce (R, Parsippany-Troy Hills) and Jay Webber (R, Morris Plains). The Governor of New Jersey is Phil Murphy (D, Middletown Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Sheila Oliver (D, East Orange).

Essex County is governed by a directly-elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by the Board of Chosen Freeholders. As of 2018, the County Executive is Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. (D, Roseland). The county’s Board of Chosen Freeholders consists of nine members, four elected on an at-large basis and one from each of five wards, who serve three-year terms of office on a concurrent basis, all of which end December 31, 2018. Essex County’s Freeholders are Freeholder President Brendan W. Gill (D, at-large; Montclair), Freeholder Vice President Wayne L. Richardson (D, District 2 – Irvington, Maplewood and Newark’s South Ward and parts of West Ward; Newark), Janine G. Bauer (D, District 3 – East Orange, Newark’s West and Central Wards, Orange and South Orange; South Orange, appointed to serve on an interim basis), Rufus I. Johnson (D, at large; Newark), Lebby C. Jones (D, at large; Irvington), Leonard M. Luciano (D, District 4 – Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Livingston, Millburn, North Caldwell, Roseland, Verona, West Caldwell and West Orange; West Caldwell), Robert Mercado (D, District 1 – Newark’s North and East Wards, parts of Central and West Wards; Newark), Carlos M. Pomares (D, District 5 – Belleville, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair and Nutley; Bloomfield) and Patricia Sebold (D, at large; Livingston). Constitutional officers elected countywide are County Clerk Christopher J. Durkin (West Caldwell; D, 2020),Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura (Fairfield; D, 2018) and Surrogate Theodore N. Stephens II (D, 2021).

  • In the HBO television show The Sopranos, Tony Soprano and his family reside in North Caldwell. Many scenes from the show were filmed in North Caldwell and other communities in North Jersey.
  • Stuckeyville, the fictional town in the NBC television series Ed, was modeled after North Caldwell.
  • The 1994 film North included scenes which were filmed in North Caldwell.
  • Sylvester Stallone filmed scenes from the movie Cop Land in 1997 at the Hilltop Reservations.
  • Jermaine Jackson filmed the “Dynamite” music video in 1984 at the Essex County Jail Annex.

Roads and Highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 35.53 miles (57.18 km) of roadways, of which 29.55 miles (47.56 km) were maintained by the municipality and 5.98 miles (9.62 km) by Essex County.

Public Transportation

NJ Transit provides bus service to Newark on the 29 route.

There were 2,134 housing units at an average density of 708.6 per square mile (273.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.69% (5,669) White, 0.73% (45) Black or African American, 0.03% (2) Native American, 5.73% (354) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.49% (30) from other races, and 1.34% (83) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.21% (260) of the population.

There were 2,092 households out of which 41.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.1% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.0% were non-families. 10.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 19.6% from 25 to 44, 33.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.8 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 97.0 males.

The Census Bureau’s 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $151,953 (with a margin of error of +/- $28,824) and the median family income was $178,750 (+/- $38,265). Males had a median income of $140,729 (+/- $14,382) versus $74,750 (+/- $15,480) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $71,798 (+/- $8,574). About 0.0% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.0% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

The North Caldwell Public Schools serve students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its two schools had an enrollment of 1,167 students and 69.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 16.8:1. Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Grandview School for grades PreK-3 (385 students) and Gould School for grades 4-6 (273 students).

North Caldwell is home to the West Essex Regional School District, which also serves public school students from Fairfield, Essex Fells and Roseland in seventh through twelfth grades. Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are West Essex Middle School (grades 7-8; 581 students) and West Essex High School(grades 9-12; 1,070 students)

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