JERSEY CITY,NEW JERSEY
Seat of Hudson County, New Jersey
Total area: 21.080 sq mi
ZIP CODES: 07097,07302-07308,07310-07311
AREA CODES: 201/551
Jersey City, New Jersey
Jersey City is the seat of Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population of Jersey City was 247,597, making it the second-most populous city in New Jersey.
Part of the New York City metropolitan area, Jersey City lies across from Lower Manhattan between the Hudson River and Upper New York Bay and the Hackensack River and Newark Bay. A port of entry, with 11 miles (18 km) of waterfront and significant rail connections, Jersey City is an important transportation terminus and distribution and manufacturing center for the Port of New York and New Jersey. Service industries have played a prominent role in the redevelopment of its waterfront and the creation of one of the nation's largest downtowns.
After a peak population of 316,715 measured in the 1930 Census, the city's population saw a half-century long decline to a low of 223,532 in the 1980 Census, but since then the city's population has grown, with the 2010 population reflecting an increase of 7,542 (+3.1%) from the 240,055 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 11,518 (+5.0%) from the 228,537 counted in the 1990 Census.
Jersey City is the seat of Hudson County, New Jersey, and the second-largest city in New Jersey. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 21.080 square miles (54.596 km2), of which 14.794 square miles (38.316 km2) is land and 6.286 square miles (16.281 km2) (29.82%) is water. As of the 1990 Census, it had the smallest land area of the 100 most populous cities in America.
Jersey City is bordered to the east by the Hudson River, to the north by Secaucus, North Bergen, Union City and Hoboken, to the west, across the Hackensack, by Kearny and Newark, and to the south by Bayonne. Given their proximity to Manhattan, Jersey City and Hudson County are sometimes referred to as New York City's Sixth Borough.
Lenape and New Netherland
Main article: Bergen, New Netherland
The land comprising what is now Jersey City was inhabited by the Lenape, a collection of tribes (later called Delaware Indian). In 1609, Henry Hudson, seeking an alternate route to East Asia, anchored his small vessel Halve Maen (English: Half Moon) at Sandy Hook, Harsimus Cove and Weehawken Cove, and elsewhere along what was later named the North River. After spending nine days surveying the area and meeting its inhabitants, he sailed as far north as Albany. By 1621 the Dutch West India Company was organized to manage this new territory and in June 1623, New Netherland became a Dutch province, with headquarters in New Amsterdam. Michael Reyniersz Pauw received a land grant as patroon on the condition that he would establish a settlement of not fewer than fifty persons within four years. He chose the west bank of the North River (Hudson River) and purchased the land from the Lenape. This grant is dated November 22, 1630 and is the earliest known conveyance for what are now Hoboken and Jersey City. Pauw, however was an absentee landlord who neglected to populate the area and was obliged to sell his holdings back to the Company in 1633. That year, a house was built at Communipaw for Jan Evertsen Bout, superintendent of the colony, which had been named Pavonia (the Latinized form of Pauw's name, which means peacock). Shortly after, another house was built at Harsimus Cove and became the home of Cornelius Van Vorst, who had succeeded Bout as superintendent, and whose family would become influential in the development of the city. Relations with the Lenape deteriorated, in part because of the colonialist's mismanagement and misunderstanding of the indigenous people, and led to series of raids and reprisals and the virtual destruction of the settlement on the west bank. During Kieft's War, approximately eighty Lenapes were killed by the Dutch in a massacre at Pavonia on the night of February 25, 1643.
Scattered communities of farmsteads characterized the Dutch settlements at Pavonia: Communipaw, Harsimus, Paulus Hook, Hoebuck, Awiehaken, and other lands "behind Kil van Kull". The first village (located inside a palisaded garrison) established on what is now Bergen Square in 1660, and is considered to be the oldest town in what would become the state of New Jersey.
The current mayor is Jerramiah Healy, who won the special election in 2004, and was later reelected in 2005 and 2009. The current Business Administrator (BA) is John "Jack" Kelly. Kelly was nominated by Mayor Healy and was approved by the city council with a 7–1 vote. He started as the BA on May 18, 2010. The current City Clerk is Robert Byrne.
Jersey City is governed under the Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council) form of municipal government by a mayor and a nine-member city council. The city council consists of six members elected from wards and three elected at large, all elected to four-year terms on a concurrent basis in non-partisan elections.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 120,229 registered voters in Jersey City, of which 58,194 (48.4%) were registered as Democrats, 7,655 (6.4%) were registered as Republicans and 54,293 (45.2%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 87 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 81.8% of the vote here (65,780 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 16.8% (13,529 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (584 votes), among the 80,381 ballots cast by the city's 139,158 registered voters, for a turnout of 57.8%. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 74.5% of the vote here (52,979 ballots cast), out polling Republican George W. Bush with 22.8% (16,216 votes) and other candidates with 0.5% (559 votes), among the 71,130 ballots cast by the city's 119,723 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 59.4.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 76.2% of the vote here (29,817 ballots cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 18.7% (7,336 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 3.2% (1,263 votes) and other candidates with 0.9% (371 votes), among the 39,143 ballots cast by the city's 120,269 registered voters, yielding a 32.5% turnout.
Jersey City Fire Department (FDJC)
Jersey City Medical Center Emergency Medical Services
Jersey City Police Department
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department
Hudson County Urban Search & Rescue
The crime rate in Jersey City is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 30 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Jersey City is 1 in 33. Based on FBI crime data, Jersey City is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to New Jersey, Jersey City has a crime rate that is higher than 78% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.
However, compared to other communities of similar population size, Jersey City has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Jersey City is actually safer than most according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis of FBI crime data.
The crime data that NeighborhoodScout used for this analysis are the seven offenses from the uniform crime reports, collected by the FBI from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, and include both violent and property crimes, combined.
Now let us turn to take a look at how Jersey City does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Jersey City.
For Jersey City, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included forcible rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Jersey City is one in 131.
NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Jersey City's rate for property crime is 23 per one thousand population. This makes Jersey City a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Jersey City is one in 44.
Importantly, we found that Jersey City has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Jersey City is one in 291.
Department of Police
8 Erie Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Tel: (201) 547-5300
Fax: (201) 547-4283
Robert Kakoleski, Acting Police Director
Thomas Comey, Police Chief
The Jersey City Police Department consists of some 900 uniformed officers/superiors, 200 crossing guards, and 187 civilians dedicated to the safety of Jersey City's residents and visitors. The responsibilities of the JCPD include:
Conservation of public harmony and order
Deterrence, detection and solving of crimes
Enforcement of state laws and city ordinances
Provide non-law enforcement services to the public
Protection of the Constitutional guarantees of all persons
Facilitate safe movement of people and vehicular traffic
Render other emergency services as needed
The history of the JCPD goes back to 1829 and can be explored in detail on the Department's website.
POLICE ID SHOOTER - WANT PUBLIC’S HELP
Gunman’s Shots Went Through Van with Kids
Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and police department officials are seeking help from the public in the capture of a gunman believed responsible for firing errant rounds into a van with children outside a church.
Police have identified Bahiem “Buddha” Shuler, who is considered to be armed and dangerous, and is wanted for his role in a May 22, 2012 shootout on Forrest Street where stray bullets struck a church van filled with children. None of the children were injured.
“This vicious and violent criminality will never be tolerated,” said Mayor Healy. “Fortunately, no harm came to those children or any other innocent bystanders. The Police have had measureable success in stopping crime in troubled sectors and rest assured they will aggressively pursue this suspect and anyone linked to this incident or anyone who threatens the lives and safety of our law abiding citizens.”
Shortly after the shooting one man, Darion Pinkney, 20, was arrested nearby while in possession of a loaded firearm. Pinkney was charged with aggravated assault and weapons offenses. Once in custody, Shuler will be charged similarly.
Shuler, 27, who has prior convictions for weapons and illegal drug charges, was last known to reside in Jersey City and was a frequent visitor to the Forrest Street area. Anyone with information is urged to call police at the Major Case Unit 201-547-5383, 201-547-4664.
All calls are kept strictly confidential.
Jersey City Fire Department
The Jersey City Fire Department "FDJC" provides fire protection and medical assistance to Jersey City, New Jersey. In 2011, the Jersey City Fire Department responded to 52,904 emergency calls, with 10,023 being EMS-related.
Jersey City Fire Department
465 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, United States
+1 201-547-4200 · fdjc.org