Lincoln Park, New Jersey
|Incorporated||March 11, 1922|
|Named for||Abraham Lincoln|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (mayor–council)|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||David A. Runfeldt (R, term ends December 31, 2026)|
|• Administrator||Perry Mayers|
|• Municipal clerk||Courtney Fitzpatrick|
|• Total||6.92 sq mi (17.92 km2)|
|• Land||6.40 sq mi (16.57 km2)|
|• Water||0.52 sq mi (1.35 km2) 7.47%|
|• Rank||244th of 565 in state|
22nd of 39 in county
|Elevation||180 ft (50 m)|
|• Rank||231st of 565 in state|
19th of 39 in county
|• Density||1,706.0/sq mi (658.7/km2)|
|• Rank||320th of 565 in state|
17th of 39 in county
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0885277|
Lincoln Park is a borough in Morris County, in the U.S. state of New Jersey. As of the 2020 United States census, the borough's population was 10,915, an increase of 394 (+3.7%) from the 2010 census count of 10,521, which in turn reflected a decline of 409 (−3.7%) from the 10,930 counted in the 2000 census.
Lincoln Park was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 11, 1922, from portions of Pequannock Township. The borough was reincorporated on February 26, 1925. The borough was named for President Abraham Lincoln. The borough is situated in the easternmost part of Morris County bordering both Essex and Passaic counties along the Passaic and Pompton rivers.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 6.91 square miles (17.91 km2), including 6.40 square miles (16.57 km2) of land and 0.52 square miles (1.34 km2) of water (7.47%).
2000 2010 2020
The 2010 United States census counted 10,521 people, 4,001 households, and 2,593 families in the borough. The population density was 1,649.0 per square mile (636.7/km2). There were 4,145 housing units at an average density of 649.7 per square mile (250.9/km2). The racial makeup was 86.26% (9,075) White, 1.83% (193) Black or African American, 0.20% (21) Native American, 7.38% (776) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 2.26% (238) from other races, and 2.07% (218) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.59% (1,009) of the population.
Of the 4,001 households, 26.8% had children under the age of 18; 51.0% were married couples living together; 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present and 35.2% were non-families. Of all households, 28.7% were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.09.
18.6% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 32.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.0 years. For every 100 females, the population had 94.4 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 91.7 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $87,530 (with a margin of error of +/− $5,142) and the median family income was $98,709 (+/− $5,538). Males had a median income of $71,440 (+/− $4,204) versus $56,761 (+/− $3,088) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $38,807 (+/− $2,824). About 4.3% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.3% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States census there were 10,930 people, 4,026 households, and 2,705 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,624.2 inhabitants per square mile (627.1/km2). There were 4,110 housing units at an average density of 610.8 per square mile (235.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 90.07% White, 1.75% African American, 0.12% Native American, 5.29% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.30% from other races, and 1.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 5.79% of the population.
There were 4,026 households, out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the borough, the population was spread out, with 20.3% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 33.7% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $69,050, and the median income for a family was $77,307. Males had a median income of $51,651 versus $36,292 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $30,389. About 1.9% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.
The Borough of Lincoln Park is governed within the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law) under the Mayor-Council Plan F system of municipal government, implemented based on the recommendations of a Charter Study Commission as of January 1, 1971. The borough is one of 71 municipalities (of the 564) statewide that use this form of government. The governing body is comprised of the mayor and the seven-member borough council, with three council seats elected at-large and four from wards, with all positions chosen in partisan elections held in even-numbered years as part of the November general election. Each council member is elected to a four-year term on a staggered basis, with the four ward seats up for vote simultaneously and the three at-large seats and the mayoral seat up for election together two years later.
As of 2023[update], the Mayor of Lincoln Park is Republican David A. Runfeldt, whose term of office ends on December 31, 2022. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Andrew Seise (R; at-large, 2026), Patrick Antonetti (D; Ward III, 2024), Gary Gemian (R; Ward I, 2024), Joseph Gurkovich (R, Ward IV, 2024; elected to serve an unexpired term), Daniel W. Moeller (R; at-large, 2026), Ellen Ross (R; Ward II, 2024) and Ann Thompson (R; at-large, 2026).
In October 2021, the borough council appointed Joseph Gurkovich to fill the Ward IV seat expiring in December 2024 that had been held by James A. Wild the previous month after having served more than 30 years in office. Gurkovich served on an interim basis until the November 2022 general election, when he was elected to serve the balance of the term of office.
Federal, state and county representation
For the 118th United States Congress, New Jersey's 11th congressional district is represented by Mikie Sherrill (D, Montclair). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2027) and Bob Menendez (Englewood Cliffs, term ends 2025).
For the 2022–2023 session, the 26th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Joseph Pennacchio (R, Rockaway Township) and in the General Assembly by Christian Barranco (R, Jefferson Township) and Jay Webber (R, Morris Plains).
Morris County is governed by a Board of County Commissioners comprised of seven members who are elected at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms on a staggered basis, with either one or three seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. Actual day-to-day operation of departments is supervised by County Administrator Deena Leary.: 8 As of 2023[update], Morris County's Commissioners are: Director John Krickus (R, Chatham Township, 2024), Deputy Director Christine Myers (R, Harding, 2025), Douglas Cabana (R, Boonton Township, 2025), Thomas J. Mastrangelo (R, Montville, 2025), Stephen H. Shaw (R, Mountain Lakes, 2024), Deborah Smith (R, Denville, 2024) and Tayfun Selen (R, Chatham Township, 2023): 2 
The county's constitutional officers are: Clerk Ann F. Grossi (R, Parsippany–Troy Hills, 2023), Sheriff James M. Gannon (R, Boonton Township, 2025) and Surrogate Heather Darling (R, Roxbury, 2024).
As of March 2011, there were a total of 6,421 registered voters in Lincoln Park, of which 1,371 (21.4%) were registered as Democrats, 2,088 (32.5%) were registered as Republicans and 2,955 (46.0%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 7 voters registered as Libertarians or Greens.
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 53.4% of the vote (2,301 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 45.7% (1,967 votes), and other candidates with 0.9% (39 votes), among the 4,340 ballots cast by the borough's 6,735 registered voters (33 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 64.4%. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 53.2% of the vote (2,745 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 44.8% (2,311 votes) and other candidates with 1.3% (69 votes), among the 5,162 ballots cast by the borough's 6,711 registered voters, for a turnout of 76.9%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 56.9% of the vote (2,767 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 42.1% (2,047 votes) and other candidates with 0.6% (40 votes), among the 4,864 ballots cast by the borough's 6,635 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 73.3.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 68.0% of the vote (1,857 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 29.9% (818 votes), and other candidates with 2.1% (57 votes), among the 2,783 ballots cast by the borough's 6,632 registered voters (51 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 42.0%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 56.7% of the vote (1,762 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 34.8% (1,081 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 7.3% (226 votes) and other candidates with 0.9% (28 votes), among the 3,108 ballots cast by the borough's 6,518 registered voters, yielding a 47.7% turnout.
The Lincoln Park Public Schools serves students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of two schools, had an enrollment of 914 students and 82.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.1:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Lincoln Park Elementary School with 488 students in grades Pre-K–4 and Lincoln Park Middle School with 421 students in grades 5–8.
For ninth through twelfth grades, Lincoln Park public school students attend Boonton High School in Boonton as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Boonton Public Schools, with Lincoln Park students accounting for a majority of students at the high school. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 643 students and 56.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.4:1. The two districts have sought to sever the more-than-50-year-old relationship, citing cost savings that could be achieved by both districts and complaints by Lincoln Park that it is granted only one seat on the Boonton Public Schools' Board of Education, less than the number of seats that would be allocated based on the percentage of students of population. In April 2006, the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education rejected the request. As of 2015–2016 there were about 70 students from the borough attending the academy programs of the Morris County Vocational School District, which are the Morris County School of Technology in Denville; The Academy for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering in Rockaway at Morris Hills High School; and the Academy for Law and Public Safety in Butler at Butler High School.
Lincoln Park was formerly the home for The Craig School, a private coeducational day school serving students in second through twelfth grade. The school has an enrollment of 160 students split between the Lower School (grades 3–8), in Mountain Lakes, and the Upper School (grades 9–12), located in Lincoln Park until the end of the 2012–2013 school year. As of September 2013, the Craig School high school program is located at Boonton High School.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 45.16 miles (72.68 km) of roadways, of which 39.40 miles (63.41 km) were maintained by the municipality and 5.76 miles (9.27 km) by Morris County.
The main highway providing service to Lincoln Park is U.S. Route 202. County Route 504 and County Route 511 Alternate also traverse the borough. New Jersey Route 23 and Interstate 80 are major highways accessible in neighboring Wayne Township.
NJ Transit provides train service at the Lincoln Park station providing service on the Montclair-Boonton Line to Newark Broad Street Station and New York Penn Station, with connecting service to Hoboken Terminal.
NJ Transit provides local bus service on the 871 route. NJ Transit had provided service on the MCM1 route until 2010, when subsidies to the local provider were eliminated as part of budget cuts.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Lincoln Park include:
- Angelo Badalamenti (1937–2022), film composer/arranger, best known for his theme music for the TV series Twin Peaks
- Lauren English (born 1989), competitive swimmer who represented the United States at the Pan Pacific Championships (2006) and the World University Games (2007)
- A. J. Khubani (born 1959), founder, president, and CEO of Telebrands Corp.
- Jim Kiick (1946–2020), NFL halfback best known for his play with the Miami Dolphins
- Eric Klenofsky (born 1994), soccer player who currently plays for Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer League on loan from D.C. United of Major League Soccer
- Edgar Maass (1896–1964), German-American novelist of historical fiction
- William A. Mitchell (1911–2004), inventor of Pop Rocks and Tang
- James N. Post III, former United States Air Force officer who served as Director of the United States Air Forces Central Command's Air and Space Operations Center
- Amzi Emmons Zeliff (1831–1915), businessman and folk painter
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- Gomez, Jessie. "Longtime Lincoln Park Councilman Jim Wild dies at 81",Daily Record, September 8, 2021. Accessed June 9, 2022. "James Wild, a longtime resident and councilman for three decades, died Friday. He was 81."
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- English v. Board Of Educ. Of Town Of Boonton, 161 F. Supp. 2d 344 (D.N.J. 2001), Justia, decided August 21, 2001. Accessed January 15, 2020. "As described in greater detail in this Court's March 26, 2001 Opinion, the town of Lincoln Park maintains its own elementary school system, but entered into a sending-receiving relationship with the town of Boonton over 50 years ago for education of its high school students at Boonton High School. N.J.S.A. 18A:38-8 provides that Lincoln Park, the sending district, shall have one seat on Boonton's Board of Education, irrespective of the relative populations of the two towns.... Thus, pursuant to the Commissioner's proposal, Lincoln Park would be given three seats on the Boonton Board comprised of twelve total members, representing 25% of the total board vote on issues within the purview of section 8.1."
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- Gates, Anita. "Angelo Badalamenti, Composer for Twin Peaks, Is Dead at 85", The New York Times, December 12, 2022. Accessed December 15, 2022. "Angelo Badalamenti, an internationally sought-after composer who wrote the hypnotic theme to Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s 1990s television drama series, and the music for five Lynch films, including Blue Velvet (1986), died on Sunday at his home in Lincoln Park, N.J. He was 85."
- Lauren English, Georgia Bulldogs swimming and diving. Accessed October 27, 2014. "Hometown: Lincoln Park, N.J."
- "Your Name in Stickup Light Bulbs!", New York Magazine. Accessed February 19, 2018. "Khubani inherited his peculiar acumen from his father, an Indian immigrant and serial entrepreneur who made enough money importing Japanese-made pocket radios—an inexpensive, sixties precursor to the Walkman—to move his family from a third-floor walk-up in Union City to a modest house in Lincoln Park, New Jersey."
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- Staff. "Edgar Maass Dead; Historical Novelist", The New York Times, January 8, 1964. Accessed September 9, 2018. "Edgar Maass of Winon Avenue, a historical novelist, died yesterday in St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson."
- Carroll, Kathleen. "William Mitchell, inventor of Pop Rocks", The Record, July 30, 2004. Accessed May 3, 2011. "William A. Mitchell, a longtime Lincoln Park resident whose inventions included Pop Rocks candy, died Monday in a Stockton, Calif., retirement home. He was 92."
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