Madison is a borough in Morris
Jersey, in the United States.
As of the United States 2000 Census
population was 16,530. It also is known as "The Rose City."
Madison is located at (40.758750, -74.416098).
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, it has a total area of 4.2 square
miles (10.9 km2
), all of it land.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 16,530
people, 5,520 households, and 3,786 families. The population density
was 3,935.6 people per
square mile (1,519.6/km2
). There were 5,641 housing
units at an average density of 1,343.1/sq mi
). The racial makeup of the population was
, 3.00% African American
, 0.23% Pacific Islander
, 1.55% from
, and 1.63%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 5.97% of the
There were 5,520 households out of which 31.3% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples
living together, 8.2% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families.
25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.05.
The population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 17.6%
from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.0%
who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For
every 100 females there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age
18 and over, there were 86.7 males.
The median income for a household was $82,847, and the median
income for a family was $101,798. Males had a median income of
$62,303 versus $42,097 for females. The per capita income
was $38,416. About 2.0%
of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line
, including 2.8% of those under age
18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
During the British colonial period, the earliest settlers of
European descent arrived in this portion of New Jersey about 1715
and established "Bottle Hill" at the crossroads of Ridgedale Avenue
and Kings Road. The Luke Miller house at 105 Ridgedale Avenue is
thought to be the oldest remaining home, having been built around
1730. Morris County, created in 1739, was divided into three
townships. The portion of Madison north of Kings Road was put under
the governance of Hanover Township and the portion to the south,
under the governance of Morris Township. A meeting house for the
Presbyterian Church of South Hanover, as Madison was called at the
time, was started in 1747 where the Presbyterian Cemetery still
exists between Kings Road and Madison Avenue.
reorganization of Morris County in 1806, Chatham Township was
formed to include the villages of the current Madison, Chatham, and Florham Park as well as the lands still governed by the current
Township, and thus the governmental division of the village
In 1834, the name of the village was changed to
Madison. On December 27, 1889, based on the results of a referendum
passed on December 24, 1889, the village seceded from Chatham
Township and adopted the borough form of government in order to
develop a local water supply system for its population of 3,250.
Madison annexed additional portions of Chatham Township in 1891,
and each year from 1894-1898, followed by an exchange of land in
1899 with Chatham Township.
Madison's growth accelerated after the Civil War
. The railroad provided good
transportation for its farm produce. Later, the railroad made
possible the establishment of a flourishing rose growing industry,
still commemorated in Madison's nickname, The Rose City
Morris and Essex Lines became
one of America's first commuter railroads, attracting well-to-do
families and contributing to the development of "Millionaire's
Row," which stretched from downtown Madison to downtown Morristown.
One of the first houses to be built on
"Millionaire's Row was the Ross Estate.
The rose industry and the large estates in the area attracted
working class people of all kinds. As a result, Madison very early
developed a diverse population, both in terms of socio-economic
status and ethnic background. The original settlers were of
settlers came after the American Revolution
; African Americans
have been members of the
community from early in the 19th century; Irish
came in the mid-19th century; and then
around the turn of the 20th century.
To this day there is a substantial population of Italian descent in
Madison. Today Madison remains a diverse community, with many of
the more recent newcomers arriving from Central and South America,
and from Asia.
Hartley Dodge Memorial, Madison's
local government seat
Madison 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.
of Madison is Mary-Anna Holden (term
ends December 31, 2011; in office since January 1, 2008). Members
of the borough council are Council President Robert H. Conley (ends
2008; in office since July 6, 2005), Astri J. Baillie (ends 2010;
since 2002), John M. Elias (ends 2009; since 2004), Jeannie
Tsukamoto (ends 2010; since 2008), Carmela Vitale (ends 2008; since
2003), and Vincent Esposito (ends 2008, appointed to fill vacancy,
Federal, state and county representation
Madison is in the Eleventh Congressional District and is part of
New Jersey's 21st Legislative District.
The Madison Public Schools
serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in
the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for
) consist of three elementary schools —
Central Avenue School
(K-5, 479 students),
Kings Road School
(K-5, 310 students) and
Torey J. Sabatini School (K-5, 328 students) — Madison Junior School (6,7, and 8 440 students)
and Madison High School (grades 9-12, 764 students). Madison High School
also serves the residents of neighboring Harding
Former Pittsburgh Steelers
quarterback Neil O'Donnell
and Armor for Sleep
bassist Anthony Dilonno are
notable Madison High alumni.
Vincent Martyr School
(SVMS) is a Catholic
school that serves students
in grades PK-3
, operated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of
. SVMS is a recipient of the No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon award
The Language Workshop For Children - French, Spanish, Italian and
Chinese classes for children and toddlers, 6 months to 9 years old
The LWFC Website
College was established in Madison in 1856.
was relocated to its current location in South Orange,
New Jersey in the late 19th century.
University was founded
and continues to operate in Madison, on a wooded campus near
Dickinson University's College at Florham is located in Madison on the
former estate of Florence Vanderbilt and Hamilton
In 1967 the trustees of the University of
Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
, UMDNJ, had wanted to
build a consolidated school on a 150 acre
) estate in Madison. Hitherto, UMDNJ's
medical facilities were in Newark, and its dental facilities were in Jersey
City. Newark, already reeling from industrial job
losses, made a desperate offer to compete with the bucolic Morris
Mayor Addonizio, offered to condemn
and raze 150 acres (607,000 m2
) of the densely
populated Central Ward of Newark. After the 1967 Newark riots
, the decision was made
for the university to remain in Newark and to abandon plans to move
New Jersey Transit's Madison station provides commuter service on the Morristown Line, with trains heading to
Terminal, and to Penn
Station in Midtown
Manhattan via the Kearny
Madison's downtown is a thriving central business district. It is
supported by a downtown development commission and a downtown
manager. The Madison Civic Commercial Historic District, which
includes much of "downtown" as well as the borough hall and the
train station, is listed on the State Register of Historic Places.
The borough hall and the train station were donated to the
community by Geraldine R.
. Vacant commercial space is
a rarity. In recent years Madison has become noted for the number
and quality of its restaurants.
, a planned office development, occupies 175
acres (0.7 km2
) of the former Geraldine R. Dodge
estate in Madison. Five of a
possible seven projects have been completed. These include the
corporate headquarters of the Atlantic Mutual Insurance
Company, Maersk Lines, Quest
Diagnostics, and Wyeth (formerly called
American Home Products), and the offices of Schering-Plough.
regulations for the former estate require that 85% of the land be
maintained as open space with almost all vehicle parking
New Jersey has three sister cities:
Connecticut, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, and
Marigliano, Campania, Italy.
Points of interest
Film and television
- Episodes of the television series, The Sopranos, were filmed in Madison.
was filmed on the Drew
campus. Another scene was filmed at Rod's Steak House, just
outside the borough limits.
- Portions of A Beautiful
Mind were filmed at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Madison train station played the role of Cranford,
New Jersey in the 2005 film, Guess Who starring Bernie Mac and Ashton
Kutcher. The train station and the Hartley-Dodge
Memorial building are backdrops to this movie. An entire panorama
of the town is shown during the final credits.
- Hartley Dodge Memorial (Borough Hall) appears in a scene of
The World According to
Garp starring Glenn Close and
- Scenes from Rich and
Famous (1981), George Cukor's
final film, were shot on Lincoln Place, and show the Madison
Theatre and the train station as backdrops.
- Scenes from The Family
Stone (2005) were shot downtown at the intersection of
Main Street and Waverly Place and Drew University. Despite the fact
that the fictional town is supposed to be in New England, one can
clearly see a NJ Transit train crossing through Waverly Place in
one of the scenes.
- Robert Ludlum's novel The Bourne Identity
mentions "a private airfield in Madison, New Jersey". The 2002 film version does not
include this reference.
An episode of Friday
was filmed in parts of Madison
Notable current and former residents include:
- Andy Breckman (born 1955), creator
and producer of television series Monk, former Saturday Night Live writer, radio
- Tucker Carlson (born 1969),
pundit who currently hosts
national television news show on MSNBC.
- Geraldine Rockefeller
Dodge (1882-1973), philanthropist and noted lover of dogs.
- Janeane Garofalo (born 1964),
actor, comedian, author and activist moved to Madison at age nine,
where she remained until she graduated from high school.
- Princess Marie
Louise of Bulgaria (born 1933), daughter of Tsar Boris III and
Tsaritsa Ioanna of Bulgaria and the sister of HM Tsar Simeon II of
Bulgaria, the deposed monarch.
- Don Newcombe (born 1926), former
Major League Baseball
right-handed starting pitcher who
played for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles
Dodgers (1949-51 and 1954-58), Cincinnati Reds (1958-60) and Cleveland Indians (1960).
- Neil O'Donnell (born 1966),
former NFL quarterback.
- Charles H. Totty (1873-1939), horticulturalist.
- Eddie Trunk (born 1964), heavy metal
- JoJo Starbuck "JoJo was a two time
Olympic figure skater, in five world championships, is a US Figure
Skating Hall of Famer, she starred in Ice Capades, and performed at
Metropolitan Opera House and on Broadway in John Curry's Ice
Dancing. She moved to Madison in 1997 with her husband and twin
sons, (amazing) Noah, and the other twin; Abe. . .
- Aubrey E. Robinson- (Born 1923, Died 2000) Chief
Federal Judge of the District Court of the District of Columbia,
appointed by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966. He was the second African
American to be appointed to this position. Robinson was a graduate
of Cornell Law school. The Robinson family sent 5 men to Cornell,
all of whom grew up in Madison and graduated with advanced
- "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John
P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey;
1969. p. 194.
- Shakespeare Theater of New jersey, accessed April 12,
2007. "Once the hub of America 's rose-growing industry, Madison
earned the nickname "The Rose City" in the mid-19th century."
- 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book,
Rutgers University Edward
J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005,
- 2008 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New
Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 60.
Accessed September 30, 2009.
- Data for the Madison Public Schools,
National Center for
Education Statistics. Accessed February 26, 2008.
- Madison High School 2007 Report Card Narrative,
New Jersey Department of
Education. Accessed February 28, 2008. "Madison High School
also enjoys the benefits of our sending-receiving relationship with
Harding Township, a nearby K-8 school district."
- Morris County Elementary / Secondary Schools,
Roman Catholic Diocese of
Paterson. Accessed July 26, 2008.
- Madison's Sister City, Madison borough. Accessed
September 3, 2008.
- Caldwell, Dave. "A Town Right Out of Central Casting",
The New York Times, June 15, 2008.
Accessed November 8, 2008.
- Louie, Elaine. "CURRENTS; A Movie Spoofs Moving",
The New York Times, March 3, 1988.
Accessed June 11, 2008. "Five years ago, Mr. Breckman and his
family moved from New York City to Madison, N.J."
- Horsley, Carter B. "Behind the Dodge Mansion's Shutters",
The New York Times, June 6, 1975.
Accessed September 3, 2008. "She made her home in Madison, N.J. For
the last eight years..."
- Garofalo living it 'Larger Than Life' in new
comedy, Daily Bruin, October 28, 1996. "Garofalo,
by contrast, knows who she is. Raised in Madison, N.J., she wanted
to be a secretary like her mom."
- Don Newcombe Stats, accessed November 28,
- Cimini, Rich. "THE PRESSURE'S ON THE PASSERS O'DONNELL KNOWS TUNA
ISN'T REAL CUTE ON QBS", Daily
News , August 31, 1997. Accessed November 8, 2008.
"Growing up in Madison, former home of the Giants' training camp,
O'Donnell always dreamed about playing for Parcells."
- "CHARLES H. TOTTY, HORTICULTURIST, 66; He Helped Establish the
First International Flower Show Here--Dies in Orange DEVELOPED NEW
BLOOMS Once Raised Orchids for Late Hamilton McK. Twombly-- Headed
Florist Groups", The New York Times, December 11,
- Horowitz, Ben. "Hard-rock jock blares his independence weekly", copy
of article from The Star-Ledger, April 16, 2000.
Accessed November 8, 2008. "Trunk, 35, grew up in Madison and
continues to live in Morris County. His radio career began with a
summer show at the Drew University radio station while he was a
student at Madison High School."