Summit, New Jersey
|Summit, New Jersey|
|City of Summit|
Downtown Summit from the southwest
|Nickname(s): Hill City|
Location of Summit within Union County and state of New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Summit, New Jersey
|Incorporation||March 23, 1869 as Township|
|Incorporation||March 8, 1899 as City|
Summit Lodge or
"summit of the Short Hills"
|• Type||Faulkner Act Council-Manager|
|• Body||Common Council|
|• Mayor||Ellen K. Dickson (R, term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Administrator||Christopher J. Cotter|
|• Clerk||David L. Hughes|
|• Total||6.046 sq mi (15.661 km2)|
|• Land||5.995 sq mi (15.528 km2)|
|• Water||0.051 sq mi (0.133 km2) 0.85%|
255th of 566 in state
7th of 21 in county
|Elevation||374 ft (114 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2014)||22,071|
120th of 566 in state
9th of 21 in county
|• Density||3,578.9/sq mi (1,381.8/km2)|
|• Density rank||
178th of 566 in state
15th of 21 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||07901, 07902|
|GNIS feature ID||085412|
Summit is a city in Union County, New Jersey, United States. At the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 21,457, reflecting an increase of 326 (+1.5%) from the 21,131 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,374 (+7.0%) from the 19,757 counted in the 1990 Census. Summit had the 16th-highest per capita income in the state as of the 2000 Census.
Originally incorporated as Summit Township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 23, 1869, from portions of New Providence Township (now Berkeley Heights) and Springfield Township, Summit was reincorporated as a city on March 8, 1899.
Possible derivations of Summit's name include its location atop the Second Watchung Mountain; the Summit Lodge, the house to which jurist James Kent moved in 1837 and which stands today at 50 Kent Place Boulevard; and to a local sawmill owner who granted passage to the Morris and Essex Railroad for a route to "the summit of the Short Hills".
- History 1
- Geography 2
- 2010 Census 3.1
- 2000 Census 3.2
- Economy 4
- Arts and culture 5
- Parks and recreation 6
- Local government 7.1
- Federal, state and county representation 7.2
- Politics 7.3
- Education 8
- Youth sports 9
- Real estate and housing 10
- Landmarks 11
- Roads and highways 12.1
- Public transportation 12.2
- Media 13
- In popular culture 14
- Notable people 15
- Points of interest 16
- References 17
External links 18
- General 18.1
- Youth sports 18.2
The region in which Summit is located was purchased from Native Americans on October 28, 1664. Summit's earliest European settlers came to the area around the year 1710. The original name of Summit was "Turkey Hill" to distinguish it from the area then known as "Turkey" (New Providence's original name until 1759). During the American Revolutionary War period, Summit was known as "Beacon Hill", because bonfire beacons were lit on an eastern ridge in Summit to warn the New Jersey militiamen of approaching British troops.
Summit was called the "Heights over Springfield" during the late 18th century and most of the 19th century, and was considered a part of New Providence. During this period, Summit was part of Springfield Township, which eventually broke up into separate municipalities. Eventually only Summit and New Providence remained joined.
Lord Chancellor James Kent, a Chancellor of New York State and author of Commentaries on American Law, retired to this area in 1837 in a house he called Summit Lodge (perhaps a namesake of the town) on what is now called Kent Place Boulevard. He lived there until 1847. Today, the lodge is part of a large mansion, at 50 Kent Place Boulevard, opposite Kent Place School.
In 1837, the Morris and Essex Railroad, which became the Delaware Lackawanna and Western Railroad and is now New Jersey Transit's Morris and Essex Lines, was built over what was then called "The Summit" hill, a name later shortened to Summit. The railroad allowed Summit to outgrow neighboring New Providence, which didn't have a train station. In 1868, a hotel named "The Summit House" burned beside the railroad. In 1869, Summit and New Providence separated and the Summit area was incorporated as the "Township of Summit". In the late 19th century, the area began shifting from farmland to wealthy estates; in 1892, renowned architect C. Abbott French cleared away a crest of a "summit ridge", removing "an impenetrable tangle of wild vines ... and myriads of rattlesnakes," to build a house with a view of New York City, The Times Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge. The present-day incarnation of Summit, known formally as the City of Summit, was incorporated on April 11, 1899.
During this time, Summit was the home of America's "antivice crusader", 
In the 19th century, Summit served as a nearby getaway spot for wealthy residents of New York City in search of fresh air. Weekenders or summer vacationers would reach Summit by train and relax at large hotels and smaller inns and guest houses. Calvary Episcopal Church was built in 1894-95; the New York Times called it a "handsome new house of worship".
Silk weaving thrived as an industry in the late 19th century, but declined in the early decades of the 20th century; in 1915, there was a strike at the Summit Silk Company on Weaver Street. In the early 20th century, there was much building; in 1909, one report suggested at least 40 residences were being built (some with stables) with costs varying from $4,500 to $45,000, making it "one of the greatest periods of building activity this place, the Hill City, has known."
A new railway was constructed from what was then-called New Orange. The Rahway Valley Railroad connected Summit with the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad (DL&W). In the early 20th century, both freight and passenger service were offered by this line which is currently out of service, although in 2009, Union County was exploring the possibility of reactivating the line for freight traffic. A trolley line called the Morris County Traction Company, once ran a passenger trolley through Summit to/from Newark and Morris County, in the early part of the 20th century. Broad Street in Summit was designed and built for the trolley, which is why it is wider and straighter than most streets in the city. Portions of the rails could still be seen on it as late as the 1980s.
Relations between city authorities and businesses have not always been smooth; in 1898, city authorities and the New York and New Jersey Telephone Company had disputes about wires and telephone poles; the city acted and "wires and cables of the company were cut from the poles." There were disputes between Summit's commuters and the Lackawanna railroad about walkways; in one incident in 1905, "a number of passengers seeking to board the 6:35 train found their way barred. They made a united rush, and when the dust cleared away, the door wasn't there. It is said the company will put the door back. The commuters say they will remove it as often as it is replaced."
Following World War II, the city experienced a great building boom, as living outside New York City and commuting to work became more common and the population of New Jersey grew. At this point, Summit took on its suburban character of tree lined streets and architect-designed houses that it is known for today. Summit had a mini-bus system, with three routes, in the late 1970s. The mini-buses ran through most parts of Summit on long circular routes that were primarily designed to bring commuters to the railroad station in downtown Summit. The Velvet Underground played their first paid concert at a Summit High School prom.
During the September 11 terrorist attacks, Summit lost more than a dozen residents. Many residents worked in the World Trade Center commuting by rail to Hoboken. A few days after the attacks, townspeople assembled on the broad town green while a minister "called out the names of a dozen residents still unaccounted for after Tuesday's attack on the World Trade Center. Others in the crowd of nearly 2,000 called out names he had left out." A few World Trade Center firms relocated to Summit. Star baseball athlete Willie Wilson and former Summit graduate returned to Summit High School in 2005. Wilson said: "To me, Summit is a special place ... It's where it all began and I have great memories. This is where I want to help kids and youth baseball, and I want my own son and daughter to come and help me create something here." During the economic downturn of 2008-2009, Summit was listed as #6 on a list of American communities "likely to be pummeled by the economic crisis." Crime is generally not a factor in the city, although a man was fatally beaten during a robbery attempt gone awry in summer 2010; several youths were charged in the murder of Abelino Mazariego-Torres and reports of the murder shocked residents in what one person described as a "very small and very peaceful town."
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 6.046 square miles (15.661 km2), including 5.995 square miles (15.528 km2) of land and 0.051 square miles (0.133 km2) of water (0.85%). It is about 20 miles (32 km) from Manhattan.
Springfield Avenue is the town's main street.
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the city include Brantwood Park and Tall Oaks.
It is bordered to the northeast by Millburn in Essex County, to the northwest by Chatham and Chatham Township, both in Morris County, to the west by New Providence, to the southwest by Berkeley Heights, to the south by Mountainside and to the southeast by Springfield Township.
One report was that Manhattan's financial elite prefers Summit real estate because of big houses, good schools and New Jersey Transit rail link to Manhattan's financial district. Others suggested that the city has long been popular with traders, investment bankers, and money managers, with nearly 20% of Summit's residents working in finance and real estate.
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,457 people, 7,708 households, and 5,519 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,578.9 per square mile (1,381.8/km2). There were 8,190 housing units at an average density of 1,366.0 per square mile (527.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.54% (17,926) White, 4.52% (970) Black or African American, 0.14% (30) Native American, 6.38% (1,368) Asian, 0.01% (3) Pacific Islander, 2.84% (610) from other races, and 2.56% (550) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 13.29% (2,851) of the population.
There were 7,708 households, of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.29.
In the city, 29.0% of the population were under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.7 years. For every 100 females there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $109,602 and the median family income was $145,083. Males had a median income of $109,608 (+/- $15,245) versus $61,368 (+/- $8,854) for females. The per capita income for the city was $70,574. About 4.4% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.
At the 2000 United States Census there were 21,131 people, 7,897 households and 5,606 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,490.7 per square mile (1,348.5/km2). There were 8,146 housing units at an average density of 1,345.7 per square mile (519.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.77% White, 4.33% African American, 0.09% Native American, 4.45% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.70% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.17% of the population.
There were 7,897 households of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.1% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.18.
Age distribution was 27.0% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $92,964, and the median income for a family was $117,053. Males had a median income of $85,625 versus $46,811 for females. The per capita income for the city was $62,598. About 2.5% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
Corporate residents of Summit include:
- Merck & Co. (formerly Schering Plough pharmaceuticals until a 2009 merger) is one of Summit's largest corporate taxpayers. Its facilities in the western part of Summit were previously home to Novartis and, before that, Ciba. In April, the firm completed a 1.7 megawatt solar energy rooftop panel system drawing energy atop seven buildings.
- Overlook Hospital is located on a hill with views of the Manhattan skyline and is operated by the Atlantic Health System and features the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute, the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center and the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute.
- Celgene is a biotechnology company and another large corporate tax-payer that is headquartered in Summit. Its facilities are in the eastern part of Summit. Presidential candidate John Edwards visited the firm in May 2007.
- Whiptail Technologies is a maker of solid state storage appliances.
- Hibernia Atlantic is headquartered in Summit and is a transatlantic submarine cable network provider.
- The Short Hills Mall in Millburn, New Jersey is a mile away from the Summit downtown.
Arts and culture
The Summit Opera House was originally built in the 1890s by the Woman's Christian Temperance Union as a dry entertainment hall and local W.C.T.U. meeting place. It currently houses Winberie's restaurant on the ground floor, and a church, office space, and apartments on the upper floors. It is located at Springfield Avenue and Kent Place Boulevard in downtown Summit.
The Summit Playhouse features live dramatic performances.
The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey on Elm Street diagonally across from the Summit Middle School is a professionally recognized regional art center with an art school and an exhibition program.
Parks and recreation
The Reeves-Reed Arboretum is a suburban conservancy dedicated to environmental and horticultural education for children and adults and enjoyment of nature through the professional care and preservation of a historic country estate.
On April 11, 1899, Summit voters adopted as the Charter of the City of Summit the Statute of 1899 applicable to cities of less than 12,000 population. On December 15, 1987, the New Jersey Legislature enacted a law that repealed all of the remaining provisions of Summit's original Charter and replaced and retained sections not covered by general law and specific to Summit's original Charter. Summit's Charter now allows that "1: The council may, by referendum, change the term of the councilman at large from a two year term to a four year term. 2: Resolutions adopted by the council do not have to be approved by the mayor. 3: The council pro tempore shall be the acting mayor in the mayor's absence due to sickness or other cause. 4: The municipality may appoint an administrator in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S. 40A:9-136. 5: The municipality may adopt an administrative code."
The mayor is elected by the city for a four-year term and is the city's official spokesman and chief elected official. The mayor can appoint various officials, including the Chief of police and the Board of Education. The mayor serves as the Chairman of the Board of School Estimate and on various committees, and has the right to speak at Common Council meetings, but can only vote to break ties in the Council. This bully pulpit role is considered the mayor's strongest power.
The Common Council has the chief policy making and administrative oversight role in city government. The Council approves all laws and adopts the city budget. The Council also oversees the work of city department heads. The Council consists of three members from Ward I, three members from Ward II and one member elected at-large. The at-large member serves a two-year term of office, while the six ward members serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with one seat in each ward up for election each year. The Council elects from its membership a President and a President Pro Tem, each serving a one-year term. The President presides at all Council meetings and the President Pro Tem presides in the President's absence. The President Pro Tem also serves as Acting Mayor in the absence of the Mayor.
As of 2015, the Mayor of Summit is Republican Ellen Dickson, whose term of office ends December 31, 2015. Members of the Common Council are Council President Dr. Robert J. Rubino (First Ward; R, 2017), Albert Dill, Jr. (First Ward; R, 2015), Gregory Drummond (R, 2015; At Large), Patrick J. Hurley (R, 2017; Second Ward), Sandra R. Lizza (R, 2016; Second Ward), Richard J. Madden (R, 2015; Second Ward) and Mike McTernan (R, 2016; First Ward).
Christopher Cotter is the City Administrator of Summit. In this role he directs day-to-day operations of city government and the city departments. He is a former Fire Chief and Director of Community Services.
Summit has been a stronghold for the Republican Party for years. From 1921 to 2001 no Democrats served in elective office and very few ran for office. The real elections occurred in the Republican primary. In 2001, Democratic candidates Michel Bitritto won a Council seat in Ward I and Jordan Glatt won the at-large council seat. Summit had never elected a Democrat as Mayor until 2003, when Jordan Glatt was elected.
In November 2011, Republicans swept all the open seats, with Ellen Dickson elected mayor and Gregory Drummond, Patrick Hurley and Robert Rubino sweeping the three council seats, giving full control of city government back to the Republican party.
The Department of Community Services is responsible for engineering, public works, and code administration. The engineering division manages city infrastructure such as roads, curbs, sewers, and provide support to the planning and zoning boards. Public works maintains streets, trees, traffic signs, public parks, traffic islands, playgrounds, public buildings, support vehicles, equipment, and has other responsibilities. The city runs a municipal disposal area or solid waste transfer station where recyclables are collected, including bulky trash; residents must have a town-generated sticker on their cars to use this facility. Trash is picked up from garbage cans once a week for most residents, and recycling materials are picked up every two weeks. Certain trees need permits before being removed. Summit plows 66 miles (106 km) of roads, covering all city streets, except for county roads. Residents are asked to put leaves in biodegradable bags for pickup on selected times during autumn and spring. Recently the city has embarked on a program of "Bringing Art to Public Spaces in Summit"; this program, established in 2002, has placed sculptures at different venues around the town and is supported by private donations. The Summit Chamber of Commerce advertises the town on cable television.
Federal, state and county representation
Summit is located in the 7th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 21st state legislative district.
New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District is represented by Leonard Lance (R, Clinton Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).
For the 2014-2015 Session, the 21st Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Thomas Kean, Jr. (R, Westfield) and in the General Assembly by Jon Bramnick (R, Westfield) and Nancy Munoz (R, Summit). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
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- "Summit Middle School renamed in honor of Lawton C. Johnson", Summit Public Schools, September 15, 2004, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 16, 2011. Accessed August 7, 2012. "Lawton C. Johnson Jr., only child of Doris and Lawton C. Johnson Sr., was born in Summit. He attended Roosevelt School, Summit Junior High School, Summit High School, and Stafford Hall Business School. He received piano lessons from Capitola Dickerson of Summit."
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- Schudel, Matt. "Tom Terrell, 57; Journalist Was Music Industry Fixture, Scholar", The Washington Post, December 6, 2007. Accessed February 19, 2011. "Thomas Gerald Terrell was born July 16, 1950, in Summit, N.J., and developed an early interest in music because of his father, an amateur singer."
- Reich, Ronni. "NJ tenor James Valenti sings at the Richard Tucker Gala", The Star-Ledger, November 15, 2010. Accessed February 18, 2011. "Originally from Summit, Valenti grew up primarily in Clinton. (He now lives in Palm Beach, Fla.)"
- Staff. "Arthur K. Watson", The New York Times, March 14, 1972. Accessed February 19, 2011. "Arthur Kittredge Watson, the younger son of Thomas J. Watson, was born in Summit, N.J., on April 23, 1919."
- "Kai Wehmeier's Homepage"
- McDonald, Duff (September 29, 2011). "The Prophet Motive". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
- Wilson, Martha G. "New Jersey Guide; STATE OPERA OPENER", The New York Times, January 24, 1982. Accessed February 18, 2011. "Whittredge, who was born in Ohio in 1820, was a self-taught painter who came under the influence of the Hudson River School. In 1849, he traveled to Europe, where he studied and painted for 10 years. He moved to Summit in 1880, and lived there until his death in 1910."
- Staff. "ELIZABETH HOWELL ENGAGED TO MARRY; Ex-Student at Hewlett School to Be Bride of Fergus Reid Buckley, Who Is at Yale Abrams--Rubin Williams--Wiederspahn", The New York Times, January 20, 1951. Accessed February 19, 2011.
- Rosen, Byron. "Royal Rookie Will o' Wisp To Claiborne", The Washington Post, May 3, 1978, Accessed January 14, 2015. "NFL draft day found Willie Wilson in New York with baseball's K.C. Royals, and the Associated Press remarked that if the erstwhile Summit, N.J., prep football flash had gone on to play with Maryland after signing a letter of intent, he might have gotten rich as a No. 1 pro football draft pick."
- Brown, Nell Porter. "Leading Man; A Broadway actor on the “true spark of theater'", Harvard Magazine, May–June 2013. Accessed August 6, 2014. "Raised in affluent Summit, New Jersey, where his father was a carpet-company executive, Wyman went to Harvard 'because Yale didn’t pay me enough,' he quips."
- Watchung Reservation - Borders Summit to the south
- Downtown Summit has a variety of restaurants of different cuisines.
Points of interest
- Ozzie Ahlers (born 1946), songwriter and music producer who plays the keyboard, guitar, and bass who has played with Van Morrison, Jerry Garcia, The Edge and Craig Chaquico, in addition to a solo career.
- Robert Arellano (born 1969), author, musician and educator.
- Miles Austin (born 1984), wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Paul Baier (born 1985), professional ice hockey player.
- John Bardeen (1908–1991), only person to have won two (shared) Nobel prizes in physics, in 1956 for the transistor and in 1972 for superconductivity.
- Wendy Barker (born 1942), poet.
- Jack Belden (1910–1989), war correspondent who covered the Japanese invasion of China, the Second World War and the Chinese Revolution.
- James M. Bennett, FairTax advocate.
- Mark Berson (born 1953), men's soccer coach at the University of South Carolina.
- Robert Blackburn (1920–2003), artist and print maker.
- Brett Ellen Block (born 1973), short story author and novelist.
- Walter Houser Brattain (1902–1987), physicist who shared the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics for the transistor.
- Arthur Raymond Brooks (1895–1991), last surviving American flying ace of World War I.
- Dave Brown (born 1970), quarterback who played for the New York Giants.
- Fritz Buehning (born 1960), former professional tennis player.
- Levin H. Campbell (born 1927), judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
- John Carroll (born 1955), basketball coach who served as the head coach for the Boston Celtics during the latter part of the 2003–04 season.
- Mark Cesark (born 1965), sculptor, best known for his use of found and scrap steel.
- Greg Cohen (born 1953), jazz artist.
- Laurie Collyer (born 1967), film director, best known for Sherrybaby.
- William A. Conway (1910-2006), banking executive and activist shareholder of behalf of minority stockholders.
- Jon Corzine (born 1947), former Governor of New Jersey.
- Marguerite Courtot (1897–1986), silent film actress.
- Jim Cramer (born 1955), stock trader, and anchor of CNBC's former Kudlow & Cramer and present Mad Money.
- Marshall Curry, two-time Academy Award-nominated American documentary director, producer, cinematographer and editor of such films as Street Fight about the 2002 Newark mayoral election.
- Paul Davenport (born 1946), ninth president of the University of Western Ontario.
- Benjamin Henry Day, Jr. (1838-1916), illustrator and printer, best known for his invention of Ben-Day dots.
- (Samuel) Frederick De Bary (1815–1898), wealthy businessman who gave his name to Summit's DeBary Inn and to DeBary, Florida.
- Leonard De Paur (1914–1998), composer.
- Capitola Dickerson (1913–2012), piano instructor.
- Lawrence Dillon (born 1959), composer who is Composer in Residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
- Daniel Doan (1914–1993), author best known for his works about hiking in New England.
- Mark Donohue (1937–1975), race car, Indy, Formula 1 and NASCAR driver who was the winner of the 1972 Indy 500.
- David Drake, chef.
- East River Pipe, musician Fred M. Cornog.
- Frankie Edgar (born 1981), mixed martial artist who is the current UFC lightweight champion.
- Brian Edwards (born 1984), goalkeeper for Toronto FC.
- Alan Louis Eggers (1895–1968), received the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War I.
- Marianne Espinosa, Judge of the Appellate Division of New Jersey Superior Court.
- Maggie Estep (1963-2014), writer and poet most well known for coming to prominence during the height of the spoken word and poetry slam performance rage.
- Kevin C. Fitzpatrick (born 1966), author who has written about Dorothy Parker.
- Bob Franks (1951-2010), politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly and represented New Jersey's 7th congressional district.
- Charles Gibson (born 1943), former anchor of ABC News' World News Tonight and Good Morning America.
- Scott Goldblatt (born 1979), freestyle swimmer who won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
- Edna Guy (1907–1982), modern dance pioneer.
- Norman Hill (born 1933), civil rights activist.
- Constance Horner (born 1942), public official in the Reagan and first Bush administrations.
- Frederick Erastus Humphreys (1883–1941), one of the first military pilots trained by the Wright brothers.
- Ice-T (born 1958 as Tracy Lauren Marrow), rapper / actor who attended Summit Public Schools.
- Charles R. Jackson (1903–1968), novelist best known for The Lost Weekend.
- Nikki M. James (born 1981) actress and singer.
- Lawton C. Johnson (1937–2009), educator and namesake of Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School.
- Susan Kenney (born 1941), short story writer and novelist.
- Lord Chancellor Kent (1763–1847), Lord Chancellor of New York State (1814–1823).
- Raymond Kethledge (born 1966), judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
- Peter Kuper (born 1958), alternative cartoonist and illustrator.
- William "Bill" Larned (1872–1926), professional tennis player who won the U.S. Open seven times from 1901 through 1911.
- Al Leiter (born 1965), former MLB pitcher who played for both the New York Mets and New York Yankees.
- Hamilton Wright Mabie (1846–1916), author, lived in Summit.
- Holbrook Mann MacNeille (1907–1973), mathematician who led military research teams before directing the American Mathematical Society.
- Tim Mahoney (born 1956), former U.S. Representative from Florida's 16th congressional district.
- Richard McGee Morse (1922–2001), scholar of Latin American studies.
- Eric Munoz (1947–2009), member of the New Jersey General Assembly who died in office.
- Nancy Munoz (born 1954), member of the New Jersey General Assembly who took office following her husband's death.
- Heidi Neumark (born 1954), pastor and spiritual writer.
- Thomas E. O'Shea (1895–1918), United States Army corporal awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions during World War I.
- Margareta Pâslaru (born 1943), Romanian singer.
- Stephen Paulus (1949–2014), composer.
- Joe Porter (born 1985), professional football player.
- Dennis Ritchie (1941–2011), creator of the C programming language and co-inventor of the UNIX operating system.
- Bill Robinson (born 1929), jazz singer.
- David D. Rudolph (born 1949), member of the Maryland House of Delegates.
- Rice University and Columbia University, who has headed the International Rescue Committee since 2002.
- Rex Ryan (born 1962), head coach of the Buffalo Bills.
- Richard Nixon's Enemies List.
- Craig Schiffer (born 1956), former Chief Executive Officer of the Americas of Dresdner Kleinwort.
- Herb Schmidt, soccer and lacrosse coach at Penn State University.
- James Sie (born 1962), voice actor.
- Scott Smith (born 1965), author of the novel A Simple Plan and the script of the film of the same name.
- Meryl Streep (born 1949), actress, winner of three Academy Awards, 19-time Oscar nominee.
- Tom Terrell (1950–2007), music journalist.
- Ray Toro (born 1977), lead guitar player of the band My Chemical Romance.
- James Valenti (born 1977), operatic tenor.
- Arthur K. Watson (1919–1974), IBM executive and United States Ambassador to France.
- Gerard Way (born 1977), lead singer of the band My Chemical Romance.
- Michael (Mikey) Way (born 1980), bassist for the band My Chemical Romance and younger brother to lead singer Gerard Way.
- Kai Wehmeier (born 1968), logician and philosopher at the University of California, Irvine.
- Meredith Whitney (born 1969), award-winning stock analyst who predicted the 2007–2008 banking crisis.
- Worthington Whittredge (1820–1910), landscape artist and important member of the Hudson River School.
- Robert R. Williams (1886–1965), chemist who was the first to synthesize thiamine.
- Willie Wilson (born 1955), retired professional baseball player who won the AL batting title and who was a two-time All-Star for the Kansas City Royals.
- Nick Wyman (born 1950), actor and president of Actors' Equity Association.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Summit include:
In "Mr. Monk and the End", the series finale of the popular cable TV show Monk, the fictional character of Randy Disher reveals he is leaving San Francisco because he has been offered the job as the chief of police of Summit, New Jersey. Additionally, he is also going there to marry his longtime crush, Sharona Fleming. Following this up, in the 2012 novel Mr. Monk on Patrol, Randy has to bring Monk in after a corruption scandal sweeps the Summit government, leading to Randy becoming acting mayor.
In popular culture
Summit is home to HomeTowne Television (HTTV), a cable television station providing public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable TV programming. HTTV's signal reaches municipalities in Union, Essex and Morris counties via Verizon channel 33 and Comcast channel 36. In addition, each week HTTV produces a local news program which is aired in Summit four times daily.
Locally, Summit is served by the Summit Herald-Dispatch and the Independent Press, the latter of which is based in New Providence and serves the City of Summit and several surrounding communities. Both newspapers are published on a weekly basis. Summit is also served by the online news source, The Alternative Press
Lakeland Bus Lines (Route 78) provides service to and from Manhattan during peak commuting hours.
New Jersey Transit's Morristown Line and Gladstone Branch merge at Summit station, providing frequent passenger service to Hoboken Terminal or New York's Penn Station. The train ride from Summit to New York is about 50 minutes (local) or 35 minutes (express). One reporter wrote: "The train line dominates Summit, bisecting its handsome commercial district from the town green on a sunken track, like a Dutch canal."
Parking is an ongoing issue. There are several free two-hour-limit parking lots for shoppers, as well as metered parking on main streets. The town council has conducted studies to explore further parking options.
As of May 2010, the city had a total of 84.80 miles (136.47 km) of roadways, of which 66.94 miles (107.73 km) were maintained by the municipality, 14.72 miles (23.69 km) by Union County and 3.14 miles (5.05 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Roads and highways
- The Carter House - at 90 Butler Parkway, Summit's oldest known structure, built in 1741, now home to the Summit Historical Society.
- The DeBary Inn was built in 1880 as one of the private residences of (Samuel) Frederick De Bary, a merchant of French wines, liquors, and other imported beverages. In 1916, the land was subdivided and sold, the house was moved 200 feet (61 m), and it opened as a hotel in 1923; later it housed senior citizens. Authorities and rules stymied an effort to turn it into a bed and breakfast in the early 2000s, and at present it serves as an "executive boutique inn" partially owned by CNBC host Jim Cramer.
- The Grand Summit Hotel hosts different events, including stockholder meetings.
- The Kent Place School occupies a large block bordered by Kent Place Boulevard, Norwood Avenue, and Morris Avenue near downtown Summit. Its Mabie House was built in 1931.
- Dominican Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary monastery is located on Springfield Avenue.
- The Summit Diner, located on the corner of Union Place & Summit Avenue, is a 1938 O'Mahony diner that has wood paneled walls, eight booths and 20 stools.
- Summit Public Library offers a wide range of books, CDs, DVDs, internet access, special programs, and is located at the corner of Maple Street and Morris Avenue.
- Twin Maples is a registered Historic Place at Springfield Avenue and Edgewood Road. Constructed in 1908 based on a design by architect Alfred F. Norris, it is home to the Summit Fortnightly Club and the Junior Fortnightly.
- The United States Postal Service is on Maple Street near the downtown.
Summit residential real estate is expensive. In October 2009, the median house price was $655,500. Real estate taxes vary; an $800,000 four-bedroom, 2-full-bath, 2-partial-bath single-family home built in 1939 had taxes of $16,000 in 2009. Summit, along with many suburban communities in the United States, adopted a policy of zoning ordinances requiring a single-family house on a large lot and could thereby "exclude any undesirable influences that might erode property values", a requirement that effectively excluded apartment buildings and multi-family dwellings, and tended to raise the price of houses. One study found that since 1945, the single-family house on a large lot zoning mechanism "has been increasingly used in suburban and rural areas to safeguard particular vested interests." A reporter from The New York Times who is a Summit resident criticized the city for being an "economically, racially and ideologically homogenized populace" with "a growing divide between Summit's haves and have-nots." He elaborated in 2006: "there's an ever-diminishing corner of the city akin to the so-called slums of Beverly Hills, where middle-income homeowners like me can take advantage of the schools and services of Summit without the million-dollar price tags so ubiquitous on the other side of the Midtown Direct tracks." But he preferred the city as a place to raise and educate his children. One developer sued the city in 2005 to comply with New Jersey's Fair Housing Act to provide more affordable housing units. The city is working on a "housing master plan" to avoid future lawsuits from developers. In 2011, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, in conjunction with church groups including St. Teresa of Avila and the Unitarian Church led by Vanessa Southern, constructed affordable housing on Morris Avenue.
Real estate and housing
 Summit has sports programs for youth including basketball, baseball, soccer and football leagues through the Recreation Center. In addition, the YMCA organizes sports clinics and teams including the Summit Swim Team. At age eight, children can try out for a traveling soccer program called the Summit Soccer Club, a nonprofit dedicated to the development of youth soccer in the city. Travel soccer runs for both the fall and spring seasons.
- Kent Place School (NS-12), founded in 1894, had an enrollment of 641 girls from across New Jersey as of 2012-13 school year
- Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child (K-6 coed; 7-12 for girls), which operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark
- Oratory Preparatory School (7-12) was originally founded in 1907 as Carlton Academy
- St. Teresa of Avila School (K-8), operated by the Archdiocese of Newark
- Bilingual Buds Immersion School for Children (NS-5)
- Private schools
Students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade are educated by the Summit Public Schools. As of the 2012-13 school year, the district's nine schools had an enrollment of 4,121 students and 335.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.30:1. Schools in the district (with 2012-13 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Jefferson Primary School (grades PreK-K; 165 students), Wilson Primary School (PK-K; 172), Brayton School (1-5; 361), Franklin School (1-5; 381), Jefferson School (1-5; 234), Lincoln-Hubbard School (1-5; 332), Washington School (1-5; 317), Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (6-8; 1,041) and Summit High School (9-12; 1,118).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 68.1% of the vote (3,971 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 30.6% (1,785 votes), and other candidates with 1.3% (76 votes), among the 5,928 ballots cast by the city's 14,076 registered voters (96 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 42.1%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine was defeated in his hometown when Republican Chris Christie received 3,682 votes (50.3% vs. 41.7% countywide), ahead his 3,014 votes (41.2% vs. 50.6%), Independent Chris Daggett with 543 votes (7.4% vs. 5.9%) and other candidates with 43 votes (0.6% vs. 0.8%), among the 7,323 ballots cast by the city's 13,435 registered voters, yielding a 54.5% turnout (vs. 46.5% in the county).
In the John Kerry with 5,068 votes (48.9% vs. 58.3%) and other candidates with 75 votes (0.7% vs. 0.7%), among the 10,360 ballots cast by the city's 13,159 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.7% (vs. 72.3% in the whole county).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 13,358 registered voters in Summit, of which 3,842 (28.8% vs. 41.8% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 3,703 (27.7% vs. 15.3%) were registered as Republicans and 5,808 (43.5% vs. 42.9%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 5 voters registered to other parties. Among the city's 2010 Census population, 62.3% (vs. 53.3% in Union County) were registered to vote, including 87.7% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 70.6% countywide).
 The County Manager is Alfred Faella. and Surrogate James S. LaCorte (D, Springfield Township, 2014). Sheriff Ralph Froehlich (D, Union, 2016) Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi (D, Union, 2015),, 2014).Union and Vernell Wright (D, , 2015)Fanwood Alexander Mirabella (D, , 2016),Cranford Bette Jane Kowalski (D,  Sergio Granados (D, Elizabeth, 2016), 2014),Elizabeth Angel G. Estrada (D, , 2016),Plainfield Linda Carter (D, , 2015),Springfield Township Bruce Bergen (D, , 2015),Roselle Vice Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh (D, , term ends December 31, 2014),Linden, D As of 2014, Union County's Freeholders are Chairman Christopher Hudak (