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East Rutherford is a borough in Bergen Countymarker, New Jerseymarker. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 8,716. It is an inner-ring suburb of New York Citymarker, located 7 miles west of Midtown Manhattan.

By an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 17, 1889, a portion of the old Union Township was incorporated under the name of Boiling Springs Township. The new township took its name from a spring in the community. On March 28, 1894, the Borough of East Rutherford was created, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day, and Boiling Springs Township was dissolved. While there was no change in its borders, the name and form of government were changed.

East Rutherford's claim to national fame is that it is the home of the Meadowlands Sports Complexmarker, which includes the Izod Centermarker, where the National Basketball Association's New Jersey Nets play their home games (and former home of the NHL New Jersey Devils), and Giants Stadiummarker, home of the National Football League's New York Giants and New York Jets, as well as Red Bull New York of Major League Soccer (until 2010, when the Red Bulls will move to Harrisonmarker). This makes East Rutherford the only municipality with fewer than 10,000 residents to have been home to five professional sports teams simultaneously.


East Rutherford is located at (40.830158, -74.097079).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 4.2 square miles (10.7 km2), of which, 3.8 square miles (9.9 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km2) of it (8.19%) is water.

The Borough of East Rutherford is bounded on the north by the Boroughs of Carlstadtmarker and Wallingtonmarker and to the south by the Borough of Rutherfordmarker. The Passaic River is the western boundary and the Hackensack River is the eastern boundary. The area in which East Rutherford is located is the valley of the Passaic and Hackensack Rivers.


As of the census of 2000, there were 8,716 people, 3,644 households, and 2,157 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,289.1 people per square mile (883.3/km2). There were 3,771 housing units at an average density of 990.4/sq mi (382.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 79.68% White, 3.72% African American, 0.11% Native American, 10.69% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.21% from other races, and 2.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.65% of the population.

There were 3,644 households out of which 25.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.8% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the borough the population was spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 36.5% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $50,163, and the median income for a family was $59,583. Males had a median income of $40,798 versus $36,047 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $28,072. About 7.4% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

East Rutherford is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. 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.

East Rutherford's Mayor is James L. Cassella (R, term ends December 31, 2011). The Borough Council members are Joel Brizzi (R, 2010), Jeffrey J. Lahullier (R, 2009), George Perry (R, 2009), Edward Ravettine (R, 2010), Saverio "Sam" Stallone (R, 2011) and Thomas Banca (R, 2011). Perry and Stallone, elected as Democrats, defected to the Republican Party in March 2008, giving the Republicans a 5-1 edge on a council that had been evenly split before the party changes.

In the 2008 General Election, the Republican Party candidates bucked the trend and swept the two seats up for election, which will leave an all-Republican council in 2009. Gary M. Viccaro, the lone Democrat on the Council, did not run for re-election. Republican incumbent Saverio Stallone (1,825 votes) was elected to a second term along with his running mate Thomas Banca (1,728), defeating Democratic Party challengers Carol Coronato (1,261) and Richard DeLauro (1,196).

In elections held on November 6, 2007, voters selected a mayor and filled two seats on the borough council. Incumbent Republican James L. Cassella (1,275 votes) won re-election to a fourth term as mayor over Democratic challenger Gary M. Viccaro (605). Republican Councilmembers Edward Ravettine (1,255) and Joel Brizzi (1,234) won reelection to a fourth and fifth term respectively, defeating Democrats Carol Coronato (619) and Rich DeLauro (598). Republicans retain narrow control on the 2008 council, with the Republican mayor breaking the 3-3 split.

On Election Day, November 7, 2006, the two parties split one seat each, on a council that at the time was evenly split with three Republicans and three Democrats. Jeffrey J. Lahullier (1,228 votes) was successful in his bid for a second term in office and Democratic incumbent George E. Perry, Jr. (1,156) won his third term on the Council, defeating challengers Republican Thomas A. Banca (1,084) and Democrat Richard De Lauro (1,053). Voters rejected a ballot initiative to add a tax of 5ยข per $100 in assessed value that would have gone to an Open Space Trust Fund by an 801-628 margin.

Federal, state and county representation

East Rutherford is in the Ninth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 36th Legislative District.


As of Election Day, November 4, 2008, there were 4,152 registered voters. Of registered voters, 1,231 (29.6% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 1,210 (29.1%) were registered as Republicans and 1,708 (41.1%) were registered as Undeclared. There were three voters registered to other parties.

On the national level, East Rutherford leans slightly towards the Democratic Party. In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 52.2% of the vote here, defeating Republican John McCain, who received 45.9% of the vote, with 82.8% of registered voters participating. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 50% of the vote here, edging Republican George W. Bush, who received around 49%.


Public school students in grades K through 8 attend the East Rutherford School Districtmarker. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Alfred S. Faust School (421 students) and McKenzie School (324 students), both of which serve students in Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade.

For grades 9 to 12, public school students attend the Henry P.marker Becton Regional High Schoolmarker in East Rutherford, which serves high school students from both Carlstadtmarker and East Rutherford. The school is part of the Carlstadt-East Rutherford Regional School Districtmarker.

Emergency Services


The East Rutherford Police Department (ERPD) provides emergency and protective services to the borough of East Rutherford.

It consists of a Patrol Division, Detective Bureau, Traffic Division, Juvenile Division, and Records Bureau.

The current Chief of Police is Larry Minda.


The East Rutherford Fire Department (ERFD) is an all-volunteer fire department. The ERFD was organized in 1894 and consists of one Chief and three assistant chiefs. There are three fire houses. The department is staffed by 80 fully-trained firefighters. The ERFD utilizes two Engines, a Ladder truck, a Heavy Rescue, and a Quint. The ERFD also provides emergency medical service to the borough.


Public Transportation

New Jersey Transit's Bergen County Line serves Rutherfordmarker, but the Rutherford Stationmarker is right on the Rutherford - East Rutherford border. The Meadowlands Rail Line serves the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, but does not make a stop in the town itself.

New Jersey Transit buses include the 160, 163, 164 and 322 routes serving the Port Authority Bus Terminalmarker in Midtown Manhattan; the 76 to Newarkmarker; and local service on the 703 route.


Route 17, Route 120, Route 3 and the western spur of New Jersey Turnpike serves East Rutherford.

Corporate Residents

East Rutherford is home to the Hudson Group, a retailer which operates a chain of newsstand, bookstore, fast food restaurants, and other retail stores chiefly at airports and train stations.

Management Dynamics, a global trade management and supply chain management software company, is also headquartered in East Rutherford.

Notable Residents

Notable current and former residents include:
  • Henry Helstoski (1925-1999), represented , served as councilman of East Rutherford in 1956 and as mayor from 1957-1965.
  • Harold C. Hollenbeck (born 1938), U.S. Representative.
  • Henry Hook (born 1955), crossword creator.
  • Dick Vitale (born 1939), sports broadcaster who attended high school and coached at his alma mater, East Rutherford High School. Inducted into the East Rutherford Hall of Fame in 1985.
  • Houston Calls , a band on Drive-Thru Records, resides in E. Rutherford.


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  • "Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties)" prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958.


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  21. Carlstadt-East Rutherford Regional School District 2007 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 27, 2008. "Henry P. Becton Regional High School is a four-year comprehensive high school which strives to meet the general and individual needs of students from the communities of Carlstadt and East Rutherford."
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