Edison, New Jersey
|Edison, New Jersey|
|Township of Edison|
|Nickname(s): "Birthplace of the Modern World"|
|Motto(s): "Let There Be Light"
"Birthplace of Recorded Sound"
Map of Edison Township in Middlesex County.
Census Bureau map of Edison, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||March 17, 1870 (as Raritan Township)|
|Renamed||November 10, 1954 (as Edison Township)|
|Named for||Thomas Edison|
|• Type||Faulkner Act Mayor-Council|
|• Body||Township Council|
|• Mayor||Thomas Lankey (D, term ends December 31, 2017)|
|• Administrator||Maureen Ruane|
|• Municipal clerk||Cheryl Russomanno|
|• Total||30.638 sq mi (79.351 km2)|
|• Land||29.940 sq mi (77.543 km2)|
|• Water||0.698 sq mi (1.808 km2) 2.28%|
|Area rank||88th of 566 in state
4th of 25 in county
|Elevation||39 ft (12 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2016)||101,996|
|• Rank||5th of 566 in state
1st of 25 in county
298th in U.S. (2016)
|• Density||3,339.0/sq mi (1,289.2/km2)|
|• Density rank||198th of 566 in state
15th of 25 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|ZIP Codes||08817, 08818, 08820, 08837, 08899|
|Area code(s)||732 and 908|
|GNIS feature ID||0882166|
Edison is a township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States, in the New York City metropolitan area. Situated in north-central New Jersey, Edison lies along the Raritan Bayshore, as of the 2010 United States Census, Edison had a total population of 99,967, retaining its position as the fifth-most populous municipality in New Jersey. The 2010 population reflected an increase of 2,280 (+2.3%) from the 97,687 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 9,007 (+10.2%) from the 88,680 counted in 1990. Edison's population has been above the 100,000 threshold since 2010, increasing by 2.0% to a Census-estimated 101,996 in 2016.
What is now Edison Township was originally incorporated as Raritan Township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 17, 1870, from portions of both Piscataway Township and Woodbridge Township. Portions of the township were taken to form Metuchen on March 20, 1900, and Highland Park on March 15, 1905, the name was officially changed to Edison Township on November 10, 1954, in honor of inventor Thomas Edison, who had his main laboratory in the Menlo Park section of the township.
Edison was ranked the 28th most-livable small city in the United States by CNN Money Magazine, and second in New Jersey in 2006 in Money Magazine's "Best Places To Live"; in 2008, two years later, Money Magazine ranked the township 35th out of the top 100 places to live in the United States. In the 2006 survey of America's Safest Cities, the township was ranked 23rd, out of 371 cities included nationwide, in the 13th annual Morgan Quitno survey; in 2009, Edison was ranked as one of "America's 10 Best Places to Grow Up" by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings focused on low crime, strong schools, green spaces, and abundance of recreational activities.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Sports
- 6 Parks
- 7 Government
- 8 Education
- 9 Infrastructure
- 10 Sister cities
- 11 Notable people
- 12 Notable places
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Edison Township, comprising former sections of Piscataway and Woodbridge townships, was settled (by Europeans) in the 17th century, the earliest village was Piscatawaytown, which is centered around St. James Church and the Piscatawaytown Common, near the intersection of Plainfield and Woodbridge avenues in south Edison, the Laing House of Plainfield Plantation, the Benjamin Shotwell House, and the Homestead Farm at Oak Ridge, are buildings from the colonial era included in National Register of Historic Places listings in Middlesex County.
The Edison era
In 1876, Thomas Edison set up his home and research laboratory in New Jersey on the site of an unsuccessful real estate development in Raritan Township called "Menlo Park", (currently located in Edison State Park). While there he earned the nickname "the Wizard of Menlo Park." Before his death at age 83 in 1931, the prolific inventor amassed a record 1,093 patents for creations including the phonograph, a stock ticker, the motion-picture camera, the incandescent light bulb, a mechanical vote counter, the alkaline storage battery including one for an electric car, and the first commercial electric light.
The Menlo Park lab was significant in that was one of the first laboratories to pursue practical, commercial applications of research, it was in his Menlo Park laboratory that Thomas Edison came up with the phonograph and a commercially viable incandescent light bulb filament. Christie Street was the first street in the world to use electric lights for illumination. Edison subsequently left Menlo Park and moved his home and laboratory to West Orange in 1886.
Near Piscatawaytown village, a portion of the Township was informally known as "Nixon," after Lewis Nixon, a manufacturer and community leader. Soon after the outbreak of World War I, Nixon established a massive volatile chemicals processing facility there, known as the Nixon Nitration Works, it was the site of the 1924 Nixon Nitration Works disaster, a massive explosion and resulting fire that killed 20 persons and destroyed several square miles of the Township.
Edison has been one of the fastest-growing municipalities in New Jersey, as of the 2000 United States Census, it was the fifth most-populated municipality in the state, after the cities of Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, and Elizabeth.
Edison is primarily a middle-class community with more than 75 ethnic communities represented. Edison has a large Jewish community next to Highland Park, with multiple synagogues located in Edison. Edison also has a growing Indian community and a number of temples serving the religious needs of the community. Reflecting the number of Edison's residents from India and China, the township has sister city arrangements with Shijiazhuang, China, and Baroda, India.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 30.638 square miles (79.351 km2), including 29.940 square miles (77.543 km2) of land and 0.698 square miles (1.808 km2) of water (2.28%).
Edison is on the east side of Raritan Valley (a line of communities in central New Jersey), along with Plainfield, and completely surrounds the borough of Metuchen, New Jersey, making it part of 21 pairs of "doughnut towns" in the state, where one municipality entirely surrounds another. The township borders East Brunswick Township, Highland Park, New Brunswick, Piscataway Township, Sayreville, South Plainfield and Woodbridge Township in Middlesex County; Clark, Plainfield and Scotch Plains in Union County.
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Bonhamtown, Camp Kilmer, Centerville, Clara Barton, Eggert Mills, Greensand, Haven Homes, Lahiere, Lincoln Park, Lindenau, Martins Landing, Menlo Park, Millville, New Dover, New Durham, Nixon, Nixon Park, North Edison, Oak Tree, Phoenix, Potters, Pumptown, Raritan Arsenal, Raritan Manor,, Roosevelt Park, Sand Hills, Silver Lake, Stelton, Valentine and Washington Park.
Extreme temperatures in Edison have ranged from −17 °F (−27 °C), recorded in February 1934, to 106 °F (41 °C), recorded in July 1936 and August 1949.
|Climate data for Edison, New Jersey|
|Record high °F (°C)||73
|Average high °F (°C)||38
|Average low °F (°C)||21
|Record low °F (°C)||−8
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||4.02
As part of the 2010 Census, 28.3% of Edison residents identified themselves as being Indian American. In the 2000 Census, 17.75% of Edison residents identified themselves as being Indian American, the highest percentage of Indian American people of any place in the United States with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.
|Population sources: 1870-1920
1930-1990 2000 2010
* = Lost territory during previous decade.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 99,967 people, 34,972 households, and 26,509 families residing in the township, the population density was 3,339.0 per square mile (1,289.2/km2). There were 36,302 housing units at an average density of 1,212.5 per square mile (468.1/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 44.10% (44,084) White, 7.05% (7,046) Black or African American, 0.23% (229) Native American, 43.19% (43,177) Asian, 0.04% (36) Pacific Islander, 2.72% (2,718) from other races, and 2.68% (2,677) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.11% (8,112) of the population.
There were 34,972 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.2% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.26.
In the township, the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.1 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 93.8 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $86,725 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,000) and the median family income was $100,008 (+/- $2,624). Males had a median income of $66,898 (+/- $4,094) versus $50,953 (+/- $1,462) for females, the per capita income for the township was $36,464 (+/- $1,184). About 3.5% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 97,687 people, 35,136 households, and 25,881 families residing in the township, the population density was 3,243.0 people per square mile (1,252.2/km2). There were 36,018 housing units at an average density of 1,195.7 per square mile (461.7/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 59.49% White, 29.27% Asian, 6.89% African American, 0.14% Native American, .04% Pacific Islander, 2.02% from other races, and 2.15% from two or more races. 6.37% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 35,136 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living in them, 61.1% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the township the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 34.0% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years, for every 100 females, there were 96.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.
The median household income in the township is $69,746, and the median income for a family was $77,976. Males had a median income of $53,303 versus $36,829 for females, the per capita income for the township was $30,148. About 3.3% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
A number of production facilities in and around the area, included Edison Assembly, Ford Motor Company's production plant for Rangers, Mustangs, Pintos, Mercurys, and Lincolns. Other notable companies included Frigidaire's air-conditioner plant in Edison, Siemens in Edison.
Starting in the 2000s, manufacturing began to leave Central Jersey, and many facilities closed and moved overseas. The Ford plant was demolished by 2008 and plans were made for retail and hotel development at the site.
Majesco Entertainment, a video game company, has its corporate headquarters in Edison. Other companies have warehouse operations within Edison, these companies include the Italian food producer and importer Colavita, as well as the regional hubs for FedEx, UPS, and Newegg. In addition Edison is home to the state's largest private convention center, the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, located within the Raritan Center Business Park. Raritan Center itself is the largest industrial park on the east side of the Mississippi River, the United States headquarters of the international company Zylog Systems is located in Edison, as is the headquarters of the e-commerce companies Boxed and Bare Necessities.
Plainfield Country Club is a private country club that has hosted the 1987 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship and The Barclays golf tournament, the first PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff event, in both 2011 and 2015.
Roosevelt Park, located between Parsonage Road and Route 1, west of the Mall, covers 217 acres (88 ha), including the 8-acre (3.2 ha) Roosevelt Park Lake. The park was established in 1917, making it the oldest county park in Middlesex County.
Edison Township operates within the Faulkner Act, formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law, under the Mayor-Council form of government, which was implemented as of January 1, 1958, based on the recommendations of a Charter Study Commission. Edison is governed by a mayor and a seven-member Township Council. Members of the council are elected at-large in partisan elections held as part of the November general election to four-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with three or four seats coming up for election every even year, with the mayoral seat up for vote at the same time that three seats are expiring.
During 2017 Democratic Party reorganization, a cop promoted to detective Keith Hahn who nursed controversy in the weeks and months following his 2015 take down of the Doc Pateriniti-groomed Anthony Russomano, Hahn lost to Ahmad by one vote, the final was 71-70 Ahmad, as the sitting chairman failed to diffuse an insurrection by minority members of the committee, which came tinged with the Byzantine bloom of establishment politics – and the fierce resurrection of a local political animal..
Ousted Edison Democratic chair Keith Hahn ran for mayor (as a Republican , as a cop and strong ties with unions, Hahn was able to secure endorsement of Police, Fire and teachers union
In June 2016, the Township Council selected Joseph Coyle from a list of three candidates nominated by the Democratic municipal committee to fill the seat expiring in December 2019 that had been held by Robert Karabinchak, until he stepped down from office to take a vacant seat in the New Jersey General Assembly. Coyle served on an interim basis until the November 2016 general election, when voters elected him to fill the balance of the term of office.
As of 2016[update], the Mayor of Edison is Democrat Thomas Lankey, whose term of office ends December 31, 2017. Members of the Township Council are Council President Michael R. Lombardi (D, 2019), Council Vice President Alvaro Gomez (D, 2017), Joseph Coyle (D, 2019; elected to serve an unexpired term), Robert C. Diehl (D, 2017), Ajay Patil (D, 2019), Leonard D. Sendelsky (D, 2019) and Sapana Shah (D, 2017).
Running on a good government platform and a call to reform the Democratic Party, Jun Choi won the June 2005 primary by a 56–44% margin, defeating longtime incumbent Mayor George A. Spadoro, the first time in Edison history that a challenger won the Democratic primary. Choi won endorsements from mainstream Democratic leaders including Bill Bradley, for whom he worked on the 2000 presidential campaign, and was unexpectedly endorsed by a number of traditionally candidate-neutral unions in Edison.
In the ensuing general election, Choi did not face a Republican candidate, but instead faced a former Democrat turned Independent, William (Bill) Stephens. An article in The American Prospect details aspects that Choi brought together in his 2005 mayoral campaign, including 1. attracting new voters into the process, 2. a good government message, 3. anti-Wal-Mart or economic justice theme and 4. an effective Internet-based progressive mobilization.
On Election Day, November 8, 2005, Jun Choi declared victory, leading in unofficial results with a vote of 12,126 to 11,935. However, due to the small margin of victory, candidate William Stephens pursued a recount and subsequently, an election contest, both without success, on January 1, 2006, at age 34, Mayor Choi was sworn-in by Governor Jon Corzine as the youngest Mayor in Edison history. Choi ran for re-election in 2009, but was defeated in the primary election by Antonia "Toni" Ricigliano, who went on to win the general election, and took office January 1, 2010.
Recent politics in Edison have concerned plans for zoning the township to facilitate the creation of "walkable" communities that will attract businesses, while still maintaining open spaces and parks and easy access to commuter transit, this strategy is meant to encourage "Smart Growth."
Politics in Edison since the 2005 mayoral election have been polarized by an attempt by retail giant Walmart to open a store in central Edison near the junction of Interstate 287 and New Jersey Route 27. Even though Jun Choi stated in his Mayoral Campaign that he would stop Walmart from being built, Walmart filed suit and won, and Choi was there to cut the yellow ribbon when the store was opened.
The town is served by the full-time Edison Division of Police, led by Chief Thomas Bryan and employing 168 officers as of 2012, assisted by the Edison Auxiliary Police, the department is striving to overcome a history of widespread officer misconduct.
Federal, state, and county representation
Edison is located in the 6th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 18th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Edison had been split between the 6th congressional District and the 7th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.
New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District is represented by Frank Pallone (D, Long Branch). 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 18th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Patrick J. Diegnan (D, South Plainfield) and in the General Assembly by Robert Karabinchak (D, Edison) and Nancy Pinkin (D, East Brunswick). The Governor of New Jersey is Phil Murphy (D, Middletown Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Sheila Oliver (D, East Orange).
Middlesex County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose seven members are elected at-large on a partisan basis to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization meeting held in January, the board selects from among its members a Freeholder Director and Deputy Director, as of 2015[update], Middlesex County's Freeholders (with party affiliation, term-end year, residence and committee chairmanship listed in parentheses) are Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios (D, term ends December 31, 2015, Carteret; Ex-officio on all committees), Freeholder Deputy Director Carol Barrett Bellante (D, 2017; Monmouth Junction, South Brunswick Township; County Administration), Kenneth Armwood (D, 2016, Piscataway; Business Development and Education), Charles Kenny ( D, 2016, Woodbridge Township; Finance), H. James Polos (D, 2015, Highland Park; Public Safety and Health), Charles E. Tomaro (D, 2017, Edison; Infrastructure Management) and Blanquita B. Valenti (D, 2016, New Brunswick; Community Services). Constitutional officers are County Clerk Elaine M. Flynn (D, Old Bridge Township), Sheriff Mildred S. Scott (D, 2016, Piscataway) and Surrogate Kevin J. Hoagland (D, 2017; New Brunswick).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 53,352 registered voters in Edison Township, of which 25,163 (47.2%) were registered as Democrats, 6,242 (11.7%) were registered as Republicans and 21,929 (41.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 18 voters registered to other parties.
|2016||36.2% 13,483||61.0% 22,707||2.8% 1,031|
|2012||36.3% 12,769||62.8% 22,104||1.0% 339|
|2008||39.3% 14,986||58.8% 22,409||1.1% 418|
|2004||43.1% 15,615||55.2% 20,000||0.6% 311|
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 62.8% of the vote (22,104 cast), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 36.3% (12,769 votes), and other candidates with 1.0% (339 votes), among the 35,546 ballots cast by the township's 54,857 registered voters (334 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 64.8%. In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 58.8% of the vote (22,409 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 39.3% (14,986 votes) and other candidates with 1.1% (418 votes), among the 38,129 ballots cast by the township's 55,305 registered voters, for a turnout of 68.9%. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 55.2% of the vote (20,000 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 43.1% (15,615 votes) and other candidates with 0.6% (311 votes), among the 36,205 ballots cast by the township's 52,308 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 69.2.
|2017||39.4% 8,382||58.5% 12,453||2.1% 451|
|2013||58.6% 12,502||39.3% 8,373||2.1% 443|
|2009||46.6% 11,230||44.5% 10,727||7.4% 1,792|
|2005||38.3% 10,166||55.1% 14,636||3.8% 1,002|
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 58.6% of the vote (12,502 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 39.3% (8,373 votes), and other candidates with 2.1% (443 votes), among the 21,877 ballots cast by the township's 55,392 registered voters (559 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 39.5%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 46.6% of the vote (11,230 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 44.5% (10,727 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 6.4% (1,549 votes) and other candidates with 1.0% (243 votes), among the 24,097 ballots cast by the township's 53,358 registered voters, yielding a 45.2% turnout.
The Edison Township Public Schools serve students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, the district's two high schools separate the south and north ends of Edison. In the Edison High School zone to the south, there are six K–5 elementary schools, while in the J.P. Stevens High School zone there are five K-5 elementary schools, as of the 2011-12 school year, the district's 18 schools had an enrollment of 14,224 students and 1,073.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.25:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Early Learning Center (78 students; grade PreK), 11 elementary schools — Benjamin Franklin Elementary School (562 students in grades K-5), Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School (558; grades PreK-5), Lincoln Elementary School (715; K-5), Lindeneau Elementary School (455; K-5), James Madison Primary School (600; PreK-2), who then move on to James Madison Intermediate School (596; 3–5), John Marshall Elementary School (608; K-5), Menlo Park Elementary School (807; K-5), James Monroe Elementary School (442; K-5), Washington Elementary School (560; PreK-5) and Woodbrook Elementary School (868; K-5) — John Adams Middle School (798; from James Madison Intermediate and MLK Jr.), Herbert Hoover Middle School (800; from Franklin, Lincoln and Monroe), Thomas Jefferson Middle School (721; from Lindeneau, Marshall and Washington) and Woodrow Wilson Middle School (892; from Menlo Park and Woodbrook) for grades 6–8 and both Edison High School (1,996; from Hoover and Jefferson) and J.P. Stevens High School (2,169; from Adams and Wilson) for grades 9–12.
J.P. Stevens was the 80th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 65th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed, while Edison High School was ranked 174 in 2012 and 169 in 2010. According to U.S. News & World Report in 2016, J.P. Stevens ranked 41st within New Jersey and 905th nationally, while Edison H.S. ranked 59th and 2,015th.
Middlesex County College is also home to the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Technologies, an engineering-based high school, which is part of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools. The high school is free for all Middlesex County residents, but admission is based on a test, past grades, and other academic and extracurricular activities. About 160 students, 40 per grade from around the county attend the Academy.
Other private schools in Edison include the Wardlaw-Hartridge School, Rabbi Jacob Joseph School, Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion, Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva, St. Helena School, St. Matthew School, Lakeview School and Our Lady Of Peace School. Additionally, the private for-profit technical school Lincoln Tech (formerly the Cittone Institute) has a campus on Oak Tree Road in Edison. Lincoln Tech in Edison offers various programs in Nursing and in medical and computer applications.
In 1998, the Huaxia Edison Chinese School, which teaches in Simplified Chinese on Sunday afternoons, was established in Thomas Jefferson Middle School, subsequently relocating to Herbert Hoover Middle School. Huaxia currently resides in Edison High School. However, many families from Taiwan send their children to Edison Chinese School, located at John Adams Middle School, or Tzu Chi, located at Woodrow Wilson Middle School, these schools both teach Traditional Chinese. JP Stevens High School also offers Mandarin Chinese and Hindi as an elective language for students who are interested in learning it.
Roads and highways
Edison is a transportation hub, with an extensive network of highways passing through the township and connecting to major Northeast cities, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Trenton, Washington, D.C. and others. As of May 2010[update], the township had a total of 307.05 miles (494.15 km) of roadways, of which 257.31 miles (414.10 km) were maintained by the municipality, 29.78 miles (47.93 km) by Middlesex County and 14.75 miles (23.74 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 5.21 miles (8.38 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
Edison hosts various roadways. State roads include Route 27, and 440, both of which are state-maintained. U.S. Route 1 also passes through the township. Interstate 287 passes through Edison, where it houses its southern end at I-95. The municipality also houses about a 5-mile (8.0 km) section of the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95). Exit 10 is located in Edison, featuring a 13-lane toll gate and a "unique" interchange design. When the "dual-dual" setup of the turnpike was created, it first started in Edison Township, and continued north to Exit 14 in Newark, it wasn't until 1973 that the "dual-dual" was extended south of 10 to Exit 9 in East Brunswick Township (and then extended further south in 1990 to Exit 8A in Monroe Township).
Since Interstate 287 connects to Interstate 87 (the New York State Thruway), Exit 10 (of the turnpike) is one of the busiest interchanges to be used by tractor-trailers as it connects the New Jersey Turnpike to the New York Thruway. For truck drivers, it is the only connection they have to the Thruway as the Garden State Parkway, which has its northern terminus at the Thruway, prohibits trucks from using the roadway north of Exit 105. Due to Interstate 95's discontinuity in New Jersey, U.S. 1 serves as a regional artery linking the New Jersey Turnpike and Interstate 287 to Interstate 95 and Interstate 295.
In 2009, the New Jersey Department of Transportation selected Edison as one of the first communities to have a red light camera enforcement system. The program was ended by the state in December 2014, despite a more than 30% drop in accidents at the three camera-controlled intersections in the township.
Edison station, located in South Edison, is served by NJ Transit northbound trains to Newark Penn Station and Penn Station New York, and southbound to the Trenton Transit Center via the Northeast Corridor Line, with connecting service to Amtrak, and SEPTA. Some passengers in North Edison may actually live closer to, and prefer to use, the Metropark station (near neighboring Iselin in Woodbridge Township) or Metuchen station.
Roosevelt Care Center is a long term/sub-acute care facility located just east of Roosevelt Park, the facility was original constructed in 1936 under the auspices of the Work Projects Administration.
Edison has five Verizon Central offices serving the Township:
- Central Office Rahway (Switch ID: RHWYNJRADS5) (Area Code 732): Serving from Wood Avenue North to Roxy Avenue on the west side of the Street inward to New Dover Road.
- Central Office Plainfield ( Switch ID: PLFDNJPFDS5) (Area Code 908): Serving Roxy Avenue heading north into South Plainfield on both sides of Inman Avenue.
- Central Office Metuchen (Switch ID: MTCHNJMTDS5) (Area Code 732): Serving Edison, Metuchen and Iselin (Technically Iselin Numbers that have 732-283 and 732-404 are routed out of the Woodbridge Office Switch ID: WDBRNJWDDS5).
- Central Office Edison (Switch ID: EDSNNJEDDS5): Serving South Edison with phone numbers that come up as "New Brunswick" - 732-339, 732-393, 732-572, 732-777, 732-819, 732-985, and Exchanges for "Metuchen" that are 732-248, 732-287, 732-650.
- Central Office Fords (Switch ID: FRDSNJFRDS5): Serving Eastern Edison area and Raritan Center areas with 732-225, 732-346, 732-417, 732-512 and Perth Amboy Exchanges 732-661, 732-738.
In 1982, The BPU and New Jersey Bell, after receiving thousands and complaints from both North and South Edison residents, had made an exception that any calls originating and terminating in the Township would be considered a local call, this was due to the new home construction in Edison were existing cables that belonged to the Rahway central office were assigned to give new phone service to over 400 homes.
In 1997, mandatory ten-digit dialing came to Edison with the introduction of Area code 732. Edison residents living on Roxy Avenue once again were in the spotlight in the news, with one side of the street served by the Rahway central office (Area code 732) and the other side of the street is served by the Plainfield central office (Area Code 908). Residents complained to the BPU and Bell Atlantic that it would be easier to yell across the street then dial a ten-digit number call their neighbor across the street.
Edison has Cablevision's Optimum cable television service, before Cablevision, there was TKR, which was so poorly run that many FCC and BPU complaints about programming and many town hall meetings eventually forced change. TKR was bought out by Cablevision.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Edison include:
- Peter J. Barnes II (born 1928), Chairman of the New Jersey State Parole Board who had served in New Jersey's General Assembly.
- Peter J. Barnes III (born 1956), serves in the New Jersey General Assembly and previously on the Edison Township Council.
- Tyus Battle (born 1997, class of 2016), college basketball player for the Syracuse Orange.
- Gayleatha B. Brown (1947–2013), United States Ambassador to Benin and to Burkina Faso.
- David Bryan (born 1962), keyboardist, founding member of Bon Jovi.
- Al Chez (born 1961), trumpet player for the Late Show with David Letterman.
- Rich Clementi (born 1976), mixed martial arts fighter.
- Ken Cuccinelli (born 1968), former Attorney General of Virginia.
- Tom Dwan (born 1986), professional poker player.
- Bernard J. Dwyer (1921–1998), politician who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1993.
- Thomas Edison (1847–1931), inventor who is the township's namesake.
- Gail Fisher (1935–2000), actress best known for her role on Mannix.
- Rich Gaspari, retired professional bodybuilder and founder of supplement company Gaspari Nutrition who was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2004.
- Frank Guinta (born 1970), served in the U.S. House of Representatives from New Hampshire's 1st congressional district.
- Halsey (born 1994 as Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, singer-songwriter.
- Pamela Long, singer with former Bad Boy group Total.
- Patrick McDonnell (born 1956), cartoonist, creator Mutts comics.
- Earl Schenck Miers (1910–1972), historian who wrote extensively about the American Civil War.
- Victor Mitchell (born 1965), former member of the Colorado House of Representatives.
- Brittany Murphy (1977–2009), actress.
- Jim Norton (born 1968), stand-up comedian.
- Margie Palatini, author of books for children.
- Robert Pastorelli (1954–2004), theatre, film and television actor.
- Marc Pisciotta (born 1970), former Major League Baseball pitcher.
- Mark L. Polansky (born 1956), NASA astronaut.
- Bernard Purdie (born 1941), prolific session drummer.
- Susan Sarandon (born 1946), actress.
- Nancy Shevell (born 1959), third wife of Paul McCartney and a leader in the trucking industry.
- Chris Snee (born 1982), guard who has played for the New York Giants.
- George A. Spadoro (born 1955), former Mayor of Edison, Council President and Assemblyman.
- Joel Stein (born 1971), Los Angeles Times columnist.
- Robert T. Stevens (1899-1983), businessman and former chairman of J.P. Stevens and Company.
- Marques Townes (born 1995), basketball player for the Loyola Ramblers men's basketball team, who transferred out of Cardinal McCarrick after his sophomore year.
- Karl-Anthony Towns (born 1995), professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
- Mike Vallely (born 1970), professional skateboarder and lead singer of Black Flag.
- Darrin Winston (1966–2008), played two seasons in Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Jeremy Zuttah (born 1986), offensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Advian, which in 2012 featured what was then the nation's largest solar rooftop installation at 17 acres (6.9 ha)
- Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) has a Hindu temple on Woodbridge Avenue
- Bonhamtown, site of a battle during the American Revolutionary War
- Camp Kilmer, a World War II era army post, was partially located in what is now Edison.
- The Clara Barton downtown area, a community with its own downtown area near Woodbridge.
- Dismal Swamp, preserved wetlands area that also includes portions of Metuchen and South Plainfield.
- Durham Woods, a complex of several apartment buildings and scene of the Edison, New Jersey natural gas explosion in 1994, in which a 36-inch natural gas pipeline burst and exploded, destroying buildings in the area.
- Edison Landfill, landfill site undergoing environmental cleanup since it was ordered closed in 1977.
- Edison has three public libraries: the Main Library is on Plainfield Avenue in South Edison, near Edison station; North Edison Branch is on Grove Avenue, and the Clara Barton Branch is in the Clara Barton downtown area, on Hoover Avenue. Library service also includes a popular Bookmobile.
- The Edison Municipal Complex, located off Route 27 next to the Edison Square/Clarion Hotel office park.
- Edison station in south Edison, offering service on NJ Transit's Northeast Corridor Line.
- Ford Motor Company had a plant here, the Ford Edison Assembly Plant on U.S. Route 1, assembling the Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks. The plant closed in 2004, with about 1,420 workers losing their jobs. Hartz Mountain purchased the property and is proposing a mixed-use retail center that began construction in 2007. Township officials have negotiated no housing on the site, to be called "Edison Towne Square." Instead, it is hoped that a community center can be built at no cost to taxpayers alongside the retail and commercial space. So far Sam's Club is the only retail store built on the property.
- ILR Landfill, closed landfill site owned by Industrial Land Reclaiming (ILR) providing power to Middlesex County's wastewater treatment operations from methane gas recovery.
- Jewish Community Center/YMCA or Community Campus located off Oak Tree Road.
- Kin-Buc Landfill, former landfill and Superfund site where 70 million US gallons (260,000 m3) of hazardous waste was dumped.
- Laing House of Plainfield Plantation, historic home built in the early 1700s when the region was being settled by Scottish Quakers in the late 17th and early 18th century.
- Menlo Park Mall, located at the intersection of Route 1 and Parsonage Road, has a gross leasable area of 1,260,703 square feet (117,123.1 m2).
- Nixon Park, a large neighborhood surrounding Lincoln School. A "cookie-cutter" development of three-bedroom homes built in the very early 1950s, homes there were largely purchased by WWII veterans using the GI Bill. Constructed at the same time, and adjoining Nixon Park, were the Lincoln Village, Vineyard Village and Washington Park developments. Children from Lincoln and Vineyard Villages attended Lincoln School. Washington Park surrounded both the Washington School and the Saint Matthew's Catholic School (grades 1–8).
- Oak Tree Road in Edison and the Iselin section of Woodbridge Township is known for its large concentration of Indian stores and restaurants.
- Raritan Center is one of the largest business parks in the northeastern United States.
- St. Helena Roman Catholic Church, off New Dover Road.
- The Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower and Museum, in Menlo Park, dedicated in 1938. Located in Edison State Park, at the site where its namesake inventor invented the incandescent light bulb and the phonograph.
- Udipi Sri Krishna Temple housing First Tulsi Mrithika Brindavana (Mobile) of Guru Raghavendra in the U.S. is a Hindu temple on May Street
- Kuperinsky, Amy. "'The Jewel of the Meadowlands'?: N.J.'s best, worst and weirdest town slogans", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, January 22, 2015. Accessed July 12, 2016. "Edison's town seal is marked with 'Let There Be Light,' and its welcome signs say 'Birthplace of Recorded Sound', thanks to Thomas A. Edison's tinkering in Menlo Park, the same reason why a newer slogan for Essex County's West Orange — Edison later lived there — is 'Where Invention Lives'."
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But even more important than the inventions themselves was the process. Laboratories in the past had mostly pursued pure research, with little or no regard for the practical applications that might flow from that research. Menlo Park was all about practical application, turning ideas into products that would have commercial potential.
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- Staff. "School News: Middlesex County College", Home News Tribune, March 5, 2010. Accessed March 22, 2012. "The curator of the exhibit, Kathryn Myers, professor of art at the University of Connecticut, said the college's location in Edison made it an ideal choice for the program. 'Since Edison is home to a significant South Asian population, it is an appropriate site for this exhibition where an abundance of creative endeavors reflects the rich diversity of this community,' she said."
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- Attrino, Anthony G. "Edison's ExxonMobil to close Middlesex County plant in 2014", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, October 5, 2012. Accessed April 4, 2016.
- Fisher, Janon; and Hanley, Robert. "With Last 50 Pickups, Ford Ends 56 Years of Work in Edison", The New York Times, February 27, 2014. Accessed April 4, 2016.
- Siwolp, Sana. "Edison Hopes to Transform Old Factory Sites, Smartly", The New York Times, January 26, 2005. Accessed April 4, 2016. "Like a number of other suburban towns in the New York area during the boom years after World War II, Edison, N.J., was a magnet for manufacturers looking for vast tracts of land that usually could not be found in older industrial areas like Elizabeth and Rahway. Fifty years later, however, many of the large manufacturing companies that flocked to Edison have left."
- Coyne, Kevin. "Fear in the Land of Vanished Auto Plants", The New York Times, December 5, 2008. Accessed April 4, 2016. "Ten miles down the highway from here sits another parcel of nothing: the 97 bulldozed acres in Edison where Ford made its last vehicle in the state, a Ranger pickup, in 2004.... The highway between the two vanished auto plants is crowded with malls and stores — places that sell things, rather than places that make things — and the sites themselves are expected to host still more, the old economy giving way to the new. Stores, restaurants and a hotel are planned for the Ford site in Edison; stores and restaurants are planned along the highway frontage of the Linden site, with warehouses and industrial spaces in the rear."
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- About Us, Zylog Systems Limited. Accessed September 17, 2017. "Headquartered in Edison, NJ and Chennai, India with over 1000 employees and 10 offices that span across the globe - from North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Singapore to Malaysia, and with state-of-the-art Offshore Development Centers (ODCs)& Research Development Center in India, ZSL is certified for ISO 9001:2015 standards and assessed for higher CMMI Levels."
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- Rothman, Evan. "Playoff Payoff; The Barclays professional golf tournament returns to New Jersey's 95-year-old Plainfield Country Club.", New Jersey Monthly, July 11, 2011. Accessed August 26, 2015. "From August 23 through 28, the 95-year-old club in Edison will host the 125 best players from the 2011 PGA Tour at the Barclays, the first leg in the four-tournament playoff for the FedExCup, worth a cool $10 million to the winner. For Plainfield Country Club, it's the first important professional championship since the 1987 U.S. Women's Open."
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- Roosevelt Park, Middlesex County, New Jersey. Accessed September 17, 2017. "Roosevelt Park is the oldest park in the Middlesex County Park System, dating back to 1917. Set in the midst of a highly developed area, Roosevelt Park is our answer to New York City's Central Park. Here park visitors can enjoy 217 acres of majestic trees complimented by a picturesque eight acre lake just perfect for fishing."
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- About JFK Medical Center, JFK Medical Center. Accessed September 17, 2017. "Founded in 1967, JFK Medical Center is a non-profit 498-bed community hospital, serving residents of Middlesex, Union and Somerset counties in Central New Jersey. With more than 900 affiliated physicians, JFK offers a complete array of advanced services including general and specialized surgery, cardiac care, maternity and pediatric care, and emergency medicine."
- Home Page, Roosevelt Care Center Edison. Accessed March 24, 2015.
- Kalita, S. Mitra. Suburban Sahibs: Three Immigrant Families and Their Passage from India to America, p. 115. Rutgers University Press, 2003. ISBN 9780813533186. Accessed August 30, 2015.
- Staff. "Assemblyman Barnes nominated to head parole board", Home News Tribune. Accessed March 22, 2012. "Governor Jon S. Corzine today nominated Assemblyman Peter J. Barnes Jr. of Edison as chairman of the State Parole Board."
- Assemblyman Barnes's Legislative Website, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed October 16, 2011.
- Waters, Mike. 'Why Syracuse recruit Tyus Battle switched schools ... high schools, that is", The Post-Standard, November 13, 2015. Accessed February 2, 2017. "Battle lives in Edison, N.J., with his father, brother, sister and step-mother."
- "Ambassador Gayleatha B. Brown, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Benin". Archived from the original on June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2013-02-11., Embassy of the United States Cotonou, Benin. Accessed March 22, 2012. "She was educated in the Red Jacket Elementary School, Matewan Elementary and High Schools in Mingo County, West Virginia; and Edison Township High School, Edison, New Jersey."
- About David Bryan. Accessed December 31, 2006.
- Al Chez – Brass Consultant, The Bushwackers, backed up by the Internet Archive as of October 6, 2007. Accessed September 17, 2017. "When the family moved to Edison N.J. his father helped start up a local drum corps called The Saints."
- Al Chez, Youth Education in the Arts. Accessed September 17, 2017.
- Rich Clementi, Ultimate Fighting Championship. Accessed March 22, 2012.
- Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, The Washington Post. Accessed March 22, 2012.
- Pajich, Bob. "Lee Watkinson Wins Aussie Millions Event No. 7", CardPlayer.com. January 11, 2008. Accessed November 10, 2008.
- King, Wayne. "Congressional Delegation Will Undergo Some Shifts", The New York Times, September 25, 1992. Accessed March 22, 2012. "The fourth incumbent to announce his retirement after this term is Bernard J. Dwyer of Edison, now in his sixth term."
- Van Gelder, Lawrence. "Gail Fisher, 65, TV Actress Who Won Emmy for 'Mannix'", The New York Times, February 20, 2001. Accessed March 19, 2014. "She was born in Orange, N.J., and grew up in Potters Crossing, a black section of Edison Township, N.J."
- Gaspari, Rich. "Rich Gaspari | How He Started as a Skinny Kid & Ended Up 3x Mr. Olympia Runner Up", Muscular Development, February 3, 2017. " I lived in Edison, New Jersey, and Rutgers University wasn't too far away."
- "Frank Giunta", Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed September 17, 2017. "Guinta, Frank, a Representative from New Hampshire; born in Edison, Middlesex County, N.J., September 26, 1970"
- Olivier, Bobby. "N.J. pop star Halsey was magnetic in her largest home-state concert yet", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, November 28, 2017. Accessed February 8, 2018. "Before she was Halsey, the Grammy-nominated alt-pop songstress who sold out Madison Square Garden last summer and scored her first No. 1 album this past June, she was Ashley (Halsey being an anagram) Nicoletta Frangipane, born Sept. 29, 1994 at JFK Medical Center in Edison, to parents who had met and married at Fairleigh Dickinson University."
- Jordan, Chris. "R&B singer Pamela Long tells the Total story", Asbury Park Press, March 26, 2012. Accessed March 28, 2013. "'(Today) everybody's jumping back on and piggy backing on what the next person is doing,' said Long, a native of Edison."
- Cartoonist Patrick McDonnell, PBS, July 9, 2010. Accessed September 17, 2017. "The world of all those characters mirrors his own world in Edison, New Jersey, one acre of tranquility where deer often graze and a cat sleeps on a nearby window sill—reminders, says McDonnell, of this stillness all around and that true happiness is found in simple things."
- Staff. "Earl Schenck Miers Dies at 62; Wrote on Civil War and Lincoln", The New York Times, November 19, 1972. Accessed September 17, 2017. "Edison, N.J. Nov. 18 - Earl Schenck Miers, an author and editor best known for his writings on the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln, died yesterday at his home. His age was 62."
- Victor Mitchell, Project Vote Smart. Accessed March 22, 2012.
- Brittany Murphy – Interview, Interview, May 2000. "Breathy and infectious, Murphy, an only child raised by her mom in Edison, New Jersey, was in a bind the night we talked in a Manhattan apartment."
- Emling, Shelley. "Stand-up Comic Jim Norton, a New Jersey Boy, Returns to the Wellmont", Verona-CedarGrove Patch, March 3, 2011, backed up by the Internet Archive as of December 19, 2011. Accessed September 17, 2017. "Although he now lives in New York City, he grew up in Edison and says he's still a Jersey boy at heart."
- My story, Margie Palatini. Accessed March 22, 2012. "As Zoey Zinevich would say, 'here's the spill.' I grew up in Edison, New Jersey. Yup. It's named after Thomas you-know-who, (He invented the light bulb, phonograph, movie camera, etc. etc. – lots of etc.) and his first laboratory was in Edison, then called Menlo Park."
- Armstrong, Lois. "In the Kitchen With...Robert Pastorelli; After Leaving Murphy Brown, the Man Who Played Eldin the Painter Returns to a Familiar Role (well, Sort Of) as a Celebrity Chef", People (magazine), June 27, 1994. Accessed April 4, 2016. "His mom provided the recipe for zucchini parmigiana, one of Bobby's favorites when he was growing up in Edison, N.J."
- Jeffers, Glenn. "Shutout In Relief Better Than Shut-Eye", Chicago Tribune, August 9, 1997. Accessed March 22, 2012. Marc Pisciotta got the call around 11:45 Thursday night, the right-handed pitcher was going to Chicago.... 'I had to go into the clubhouse for some coffee,' said the Edison, NJ, native, who turned 27 Thursday."
- Caiazza, Tom. "Five million miles and one heck of a view: Astronaut returns after space flight; township names day in his honor", Woodbridge Sentinel, May 9, 2007. Accessed September 17, 2017. "Polansky, an Edison native and graduate of J.P. Stevens High School, returned to his alma mater Monday after commanding STS-116, the space shuttle mission to the International Space Station last December."
- Jordan, Chris. "Drummer Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie has kept the time to your life", Asbury Park Press, October 4, 2013. Accessed October 5, 2013. "Purdie eventually moved to Jersey — Teaneck and Edison before settling in Springfield."
- Thomas, Bob via Associated Press. "Film Was Revelation For Susan Sarandon", The Palm Beach Post, April 24, 1981. Accessed October 9, 2013. "The new film Atlantic City displays the underside of that reviving New Jersey resort, and it's a world that actress Susan Sarandon has visited. She grew up in Edison, N.J., an hour's drive distant, but before the movie, she had never seen Atlantic City, old or new."
- Via Associated Press. "Paul McCartney, former Edison resident Nancy Shevell to marry at site of his first wedding", The Star-Ledger, September 16, 2011. Accessed January 24, 2012. "Westminster Council said the notice was posted Wednesday, meaning the couple could marry anytime after September 30. Shevell was raised in Edison and graduated from J.P. Stevens High School."
- Staff. "B-Mets Plan 'Giant' Event For Chris Snee Day", OurSportsCentral.com, April 15, 2008. Accessed October 16, 2011. "After high school, the son of Montrose residents Diane & Ed Snee earned a full scholarship to Boston College. After redshirting his first year, the Edison, NJ-born lineman evolved into a three-year starter for the Eagles and an All Big East performer before making himself eligible for the NFL Draft in January 2004."
- Chang, Kathy. "Edison's TV station marks 20 years of broadcasting", Edison Sentinel, September 21, 2011. Accessed September 17, 2017. "Then, in 1994, with Mayor George Spadoro's vision, the township sent its tapes to TKR Cable and began airing a segment called Focus on Edison as well as Township Council meetings and specials."
- Joel Stein – Columnist, Los Angeles Times. Accessed October 9, 2013. "Joel Stein is desperate for attention. He grew up in Edison, N.J., went to Stanford and then worked for Martha Stewart for a year."
- McFadden, Robert D. "Robert T. Stevens, Former Army Secretary, Dies At 83", The New York Times, February 1, 1983. Accessed March 8, 2018. "Robert T. Stevens, a former Secretary of the Army who became a major figure in the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings that led to the condemnation of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy and the collapse of his anti-Communist campaigns, died Sunday at his home in Edison, N.J."
- Haley, John. "Q and A session with Marques Townes of St. Joseph (Met.), what sport will he play in college?", The Star-Ledger, January 28, 2014. Accessed March 26, 2018. "So that was the first thing I addressed with Townes, who grew up in Rahway, moved to South Amboy in the fifth grade and who now lives in Edison."
- Haley, John. "Karl Towns of St. Joseph (Met.) is The Star-Ledger boys basketball state Player of the Year, 2013-14", The Star-Ledger, March 30, 2014. Accessed April 23, 2017. "When a New York City television station was following around a political figure who was visiting newborn babies at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, the crew was immediately drawn to Towns, he was the biggest kid in the nursery, weighing 10 pounds, measuring 25 inches in length with huge feet."
- Chang, Kathy. "Vallely brings skating stunts home to Edison: Many come out to enjoy pro skateboarding tour stop", Edison Sentinel, August 11, 2010. Accessed September 17, 2017. "edison — After about a dozen times attempting a 360-degree knee flip-and-grab trick on his skateboard, Mike Vallely, a professional skateboarder and township native, threw his hands up.... Vallely's hometown was the 13th of 24 stops on the inaugural Glory Bound Skatepark Tour."
- Staff. "Darrin A. Winston, 42, of Clarksburg in Millstone Township", Asbury Park Press, August 17, 2008. Accessed September 4, 2008. "Darrin A. Winston, 42, of Clarksburg in Millstone Township, passed away Friday, Aug. 15, at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Passaic, he lived in Edison before moving to Millstone Township 10 years ago."
- Sullivan, William J. "Edison native Jeremy Zuttah making impact on O-line for Bucs", The Star-Ledger, November 10, 2008. Accessed October 16, 2011. "Jeremy Zuttah was a sturdy presence during his Rutgers career, starting 40 of 44 games in his four seasons on the offensive line for the Scarlet Knights. Now, the Edison native has quickly made his presence felt in the NFL as a rookie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers."
- Santarris, Ben. "Avidan Management Commissions Nation's Largest Rooftop Solar System in New Jersey", SolarWorld, April 20, 2011. Accessed September 24, 2017.
- Staff. "Hindu organization in Edison commemorates International Women's Day", Home News Tribune, March 10, 2010. Accessed March 22, 2012. "On Saturday, the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), a socio-spiritual organization based on Hindu principles..."
- Chang, Kathy; and Kesten, Karen L. "Birth of a town" Edison Sentinel, December 30, 2009. Accessed September 17, 2017. "The Bonhamtown section of Edison was named after Nicholas Bonham, a freeholder from 1682 to 1683. In his book Welcome to Edison – An Enlightening Community, David C. Sheehan writes that Bonhamtown at the time was 'a hamlet town [of few homes], which is said to have been the site of an old Indian Village and later a Continental Army camp and battleground during the Revolution.'"
- Camp Kilmer, National Archives at New York City. Accessed March 22, 2012. "Toward the end of 1941, with the threat of war imminent, the War Department chose a site between Edison and Piscataway, New Jersey as a staging area for troops."
- Johnson, Brent. "Edison Library is closing its Clara Barton Branch", The Star-Ledger, May 3, 2010. Accessed May 23, 2016. "The small, woodface library has been tucked on tree-lined Hoover Avenue in Edison for 30 years. It's one of the cozy features of the Clara Barton section of town, a village-like neighborhood dotted with homes and small businesses in the otherwise sprawling suburb."
- Dismal Swamp Archived June 1, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., Sierra Club. Accessed March 22, 2012. "The Dismal Swamp (located in Edison, Metuchen, and South Plainfield) is 660 acres and is designated a "priority wetland" by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service."
- McFadden, Robert D. "Explosion In Edison: The Overview; New Jersey Pipeline Explosion Sets Off Panic, Chaos and Fear", The New York Times, March 25, 1994. Accessed March 22, 2012. "About 100 people suffered burns or were felled by smoke, 2,000 residents of Edison and nearby Metuchen were evacuated and about 300 lost their homes and all their possessions in the blast of undetermined origin. It occurred just before midnight Wednesday in a buried, 36-inch pipeline that supplies natural gas from Texas to much of New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area."
- Staff. "State Orders Edison Landfill Shut", The New York Times, June 28, 1977. Accessed March 22, 2012. "The State Department of Environmental Protection ordered today that Kin-Buc Inc. in Edison Township stop accepting solid waste and close its land-fill operation within 30 days."
- Home page, Edison Public Library. Accessed March 22, 2012.
- Edison station, NJ Transit. Accessed March 22, 2012.
- CNN: Ford's announcement to shed 35000 jobs
- Caiazza, Tom. "Hartz Mountain to donate land for community center in Edison" , Edison-Metuchen Sentinel, January 31, 2007. Accessed September 17, 2017. "Hartz Mountain Industries, the redevelopment firm slated to turn the former Ford Motor Plant site into a 'lifestyle center,' has announced that it will donate land to Edison Township to build a 60,000-square-foot community center alongside the redevelopment project."
- Caiazza, Tom. "DEP finds hazardous materials in ILR landfill: Contaminants were found on site of proposed 500K-sq.-ft. warehouse", Edison Sentinel, March 7, 2007. Accessed September 17, 2017. "The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a pair of violations to Industrial Land Reclaiming Inc., owners of the landfill of the same name, for hazardous waste that was found in the soil outside of the landfill wall."
- Chang, Kathy. "Edison YMCA breaks ground on expansion; 6,000-square-foot addition to better accommodate niche users", Edison Sentinel, March 7, 2012. Accessed September 17, 2017. "'Since December of 2002, when the Edison Branch YMCA at the Community Campus opened its doors in a unique collaboration with the Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, membership had grown steadily and now exceeds 8,000 adults and children,' said Florio. 'We recognized that as our membership grew, our facility must grow in order for us to better serve our members and the community.'"
- Superfund Site: Kin-Buc Landfill; Edison Township, NJ, Environmental Protection Agency. Accessed September 17, 2017, the Kin-Buc Landfill Superfund Site is located in Edison Township, New Jersey. The 220-acre Site is composed of an inactive landfill that operated from the late 1940s to 1976, from 1971 to 1976, the Site was a State-approved landfill for industrial and municipal wastes, both solid and liquid. The Site accepted hazardous waste during this period, until the State revoked its permit in 1976 due to the violation of several environmental statutes."
- Dudley, William L. The Story of the Friends in PlainfieldIncludingA History of Early Quaker Families, Rahway & Plainfield Friends (Quaker) Meeting, March 29, 1929. Accessed March 24, 2015. "The Laing family composed a prominent part of the first permanent settlers in this neighborhood. John Laing, the progenitor of this long line in East Jersey, came over from Craigforth, Aberdeen County, Scotland, August 1685, landing in Amboy, near which place for a few years he lived with his wife Margaret and his children, John, Abraham, William, Christiana and Isabel; in 1698 he moved to 'the Plains' near where South Plainfield now is. His son John married, in 1708, Elizabeth Shotwell, a direct descendent of the original Abraham Shotwell, his daughter Isabel, in 1700, married Joseph Fitz Randolph, son of Nathaniel."
- Menlo Park Mall, Malls and Outlets. Accessed October 9, 2013.
- Home Page, St. Helena Roman Catholic Church. Accessed March 24, 2015.
- About Us, Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower and Museum. Accessed March 22, 2012.
- Shri Krishna Vrundavan
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- Bishop George Ahr High School
- Edison Public Library
- Edison Township Public Schools
- Edison Township Public Schools's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Edison High School
- J.P. Stevens High School
- National Center for Education Statistics data for the Edison Township Public Schools
- The Wardlaw-Hartridge School website