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Montague, New Jersey


Montague, New Jersey

Montague Township, New Jersey
Township of Montague

High Point State Park
Sussex County. Inset: Location of Sussex County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.

Census Bureau map of Montague Township, New Jersey.

Coordinates: 41°16′51″N 74°43′50″W / 41.280864°N 74.730427°W / 41.280864; -74.730427Coordinates: 41°16′51″N 74°43′50″W / 41.280864°N 74.730427°W / 41.280864; -74.730427[1][2]

Country United States
State New Jersey
County Sussex
Incorporated February 21, 1798
 • Type Township
 • Mayor George Zitone (term ends December 31, 2013)[3]
 • Clerk Eileen DeFabiis[4]
 • Total 45.380 sq mi (117.533 km2)
 • Land 43.997 sq mi (113.951 km2)
 • Water 1.383 sq mi (3.582 km2)  3.05%
Area rank 40th of 566 in state
3rd of 24 in county[2]
Elevation[6] 1,066 ft (325 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total 3,847
 • Estimate (2012[10]) 3,862
 • Rank 418th of 566 in state
13th of 24 in county[11]
 • Density 87.4/sq mi (33.7/km2)
 • Density rank 547th of 566 in state
22nd of 24 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07827[12]
Area code(s) 862/973 Exchanges: 293, 948
FIPS code 3403747430[13][2][14]
GNIS feature ID 0882256[15][2]

Montague Township is a township in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States, in the New York City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 3,847,[7][8][9] reflecting an increase of 435 (+12.7%) from the 3,412 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 580 (+20.5%) from the 2,832 counted in the 1990 Census.[16] High Point, within Montague Township, represents both the northernmost point and the highest elevation within New Jersey, at an altitude of 1,803 feet (550 m) above sea level.

The derivation of the township's name is uncertain, though suggestions include that it was named after the George Montagu, 4th Duke of Manchester, as suggested by King George II, who approved the royal patent on March 26, 1759, for author Lady Mary Wortley Montagu who was popular at the time or for solicitor John Montague.[17] Montague was incorporated on February 21, 1798, as one of New Jersey's initial group of 104 townships by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature.[18]

Before Montague Township was granted its own post office in the 1980s, residents had all of their mail delivered through the 12271 ZIP code for Port Jervis, New York, leading to situations where residents had New Jersey driver's licenses with a New York State address.[19]


Montague Township is located at 41°16′51″N 74°43′50″W / 41.280864°N 74.730427°W / 41.280864; -74.730427 (41.280864,-74.730427). According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 45.380 square miles (117.533 km2), of which, 43.997 square miles (113.951 km2) of it is land and 1.383 square miles (3.582 km2) of it (3.05%) is water.[1][2]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20123,862[10]0.4%
Population sources: 1810-1920[20]
1840[21] 1850-1870[22] 1850[23] 1870[24]
1880-1890[25] 1890-1910[26] 1910-1930[27]
1930-1990[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 $64,526 (with a margin of error of +/- $9,763) and the median family income was $68,542 (+/- $13,778). Males had a median income of $44,105 (+/- $14,473) versus $33,996 (+/- $5,832) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,411 (+/- $2,961). About 7.3% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.6% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.[31]

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census[13] there were 3,412 people, 1,286 households, and 910 families residing in the township. The population density was 77.5 people per square mile (29.9/km²). There were 1,588 housing units at an average density of 36.1 per square mile (13.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.25% White, 1.79% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 1.08% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.28% of the population.[29][30]

There were 1,286 households out of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% 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 3.14.[29][30]

In the township the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 107.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.5 males.[29][30]

The median income for a household in the township was $45,368, and the median income for a family was $50,833. Males had a median income of $39,569 versus $25,221 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,676. About 8.5% of families and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.1% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.[29][30]


One U.S., state, and county route each traverses the township. U.S. Route 206 passes through in the western part and crosses the Delaware River at the Milford-Montague Toll Bridge. Route 23 passes through the eastern part and serves as the entrance road to High Point State Park and ends at the New York border just south of I-84. County Route 521 passes through the northwest and ends at the New York state boundary.

The closest limited access road is Interstate 84 (which used to be part of the New York State Thruway until October 2010) and it is immediately over the state line in Deerpark, New York.

In the northernmost section of the township along Route 23, there are several gasoline stations, most likely because gas is significantly less expensive in New Jersey than in Matamoras, Pennsylvania or Port Jervis, New York.

The township does not have a traffic light.


Local government

Montague Township is governed under the Township form of government with a five-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 or two seats coming up for election each year.[5] At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor.

As of 2013, members of the Montague Township Committee are Mayor George Zitone (R, 2014), Deputy Mayor Richard E. Innella (R, 2013), Paul M. Brislin (R, 2015), Gene Crawford (R, appointed to serve until the November 2013 general election filling the unexpired term of Benjamin F. Falkowski ending 2015), Arthur J. Henn (D, 2014).[4][32][33][34][35][36]

Federal, state and county representation

Montague Township is located in the 5th Congressional District[37] and is part of New Jersey's 24th state legislative district.[8][38][39]

New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township).[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 24th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Steve Oroho (R, Franklin) and in the General Assembly by Alison Littell McHose (R, Franklin) and Parker Space (R, Wantage Township).[44] Space took office in March 2013, filling the seat vacated by Gary R. Chiusano, who had been chosen to fill a vacancy as Sussex County Surrogate.[45] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[46] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[47]

Sussex County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders whose five members are elected at-large on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects a Freeholder Director and Deputy Director from among its members, with day-to-day supervision of the operation of the county delegated to a County Administrator.[48] As of 2013, Sussex County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Richard Vohden (R, Green Township, 2013),[49] Deputy Director Phillip R. Crabb (R, Franklin, 2014),[50] George Graham (R, Stanhope, 2013),[51] Dennis J. Mudrick (R, Sparta Township, 2015)[52] and Gail Phoebus (R, Andover Township, 2015).[53][48] Graham was chosen in April 2013 to fill the seat vacated by Parker Space, who had been chosen to fill a vacancy in the New Jersey General Assembly.[45] Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Jeff Parrott,[54] Sheriff Michael F. Strada[55] and Surrogate Gary R. Chiusano (R, filling the vacancy after the resignation of Nancy Fitzgibbons).[56][45] The County Administrator is John Eskilson[57]


As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 2,448 registered voters in Montague Township, of which 328 (13.4% vs. 16.5% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,247 (50.9% vs. 39.3%) were registered as Republicans and 870 (35.5% vs. 44.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 3 voters registered to other parties.[58] Among the township's 2010 Census population, 63.6% (vs. 65.8% in Sussex County) were registered to vote, including 82.4% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 86.5% countywide).[58][59]

In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 1,001 votes here (63.6% vs. 59.4% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 530 votes (33.7% vs. 38.2%) and other candidates with 39 votes (2.5% vs. 2.1%), among the 1,575 ballots cast by the township's 2,426 registered voters, for a turnout of 64.9% (vs. 68.3% in Sussex County).[60] In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 1,150 votes here (63.9% vs. 59.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 592 votes (32.9% vs. 38.7%) and other candidates with 35 votes (1.9% vs. 1.5%), among the 1,799 ballots cast by the township's 2,421 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.3% (vs. 76.9% in Sussex County).[61] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 1,072 votes here (68.5% vs. 63.9% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 466 votes (29.8% vs. 34.4%) and other candidates with 20 votes (1.3% vs. 1.3%), among the 1,564 ballots cast by the township's 2,072 registered voters, for a turnout of 75.5% (vs. 77.7% in the whole county).[62]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 832 votes here (68.6% vs. 63.3% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 243 votes (20.0% vs. 25.7%), Independent Chris Daggett with 103 votes (8.5% vs. 9.1%) and other candidates with 22 votes (1.8% vs. 1.3%), among the 1,212 ballots cast by the township's 2,402 registered voters, yielding a 50.5% turnout (vs. 52.3% in the county).[63]


Students in public school for kindergarten through sixth grade attend the Montague Township School District, which served 374 students as of the 2010-11 school year.[64]

For students in public school for grades seven through twelve, they cross into Port Jervis, New York, to attend middle school and high school . For high school, students may also enroll at Sussex County Technical School, which accepts students on a selective basis, and to the middle school charter program in Sparta Township.[65]


  • Westfall Winery


External links

  • Montague Township website
  • Montague Township School District
  • New Jersey Department of Education
  • National Center for Education Statistics
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