Union Township, Union County, New Jersey
- Not to be confused with Union Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey and Union City, New Jersey in Hudson County.
|Union Township, New Jersey|
|Township of Union|
Map of Union Township in Union County. Inset: Location of Union County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Union Township, Union County, New Jersey
|Incorporated||November 23, 1808|
|• Body||Township Committee|
|• Mayor||Manuel T. Figueiredo (term ends December 31, 2015) (D)|
|• Administrator||Ronald Manzella|
|• Clerk||Eileen Birch|
|• Total||23.548 km2 (9.092 sq mi)|
|• Land||23.494 km2 (9.071 sq mi)|
|• Water||0.055 km2 (0.021 sq mi) 0.23%|
219th of 566 in state
3rd of 21 in county
|Elevation||38 m (125 ft)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2014)||57,832|
25th of 566 in state
2nd of 21 in county
|• Density||2,410.9/km2 (6,244.3/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||
80th of 566 in state
9th of 21 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0882212|
Union is a township in Union County, New Jersey, United States. In the 18th century, the area that is now Union was then called Connecticut Farms. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township population was 56,642, the highest recorded in any decennial census, reflecting an increase of 2,237 (+4.1%) from the 54,405 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 4,381 (+8.8%) from the 50,024 counted in the 1990 Census.
- History 1
- Neighborhoods 2.1
- 2010 Census 3.1
- 2000 Census 3.2
Local government 4.1
- Mayors of Union 4.1.1
- Federal, state and county representation 4.2
- Politics 4.3
- Local government 4.1
- Education 5
- Roads and highways 6.1
- Public transportation 6.2
- Notable buildings 7
- Notable people 8
- See also 9
- References 10
- External links 11
Union Township was the site of the Battle of Connecticut Farms, one of the last battles between British and American forces during the American Revolutionary War. On June 6, 1780, British troops, led by Hessian General Wilhelm von Knyphausen, boarded boats on Staten Island bound for Elizabeth, New Jersey. At midnight, 5,000 troops started to land. They expected the Continental Army to give little resistance, believing that they were tired of the war and were poorly fed and paid. They also expected the citizens of New Jersey to welcome them. They were wrong on both counts and were unable to make their way to and through the Hobart Gap.
Union Township was incorporated as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on November 23, 1808, from portions of Elizabeth Township, while the area was still part of Essex County. It became part of the newly formed Union County on March 19, 1857. Portions of the township have been taken to form Linden Township (March 4, 1861), Roselle Park, (March 22, 1901), Kenilworth (May 13, 1907) and Hillside (April 3, 1913). In 1946, a group of residents pushed for the township's name to be changed to "Connecticut Farms", citing the potential benefits to area residents and businesses from the broad awareness of the historical significance of the name.
The Township of Union is located on the northern-central edge of Union County and is bordered by eight municipalities: Hillside to the east, Elizabeth to the southeast, Roselle Park and Kenilworth to the south and Springfield Township to the west. Northwest of the township lies Millburn, to the north lies Maplewood and to the northeast lies Irvington, all in Essex County.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Union township had a total area of 9.092 square miles (23.548 km2), including 9.071 square miles (23.494 km2) of land and 0.021 square miles (0.055 km2) of water (0.23%).
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Battle Hill, Connecticut Farms, Galloping Hill, Headlentown, Putnam Manor, Salem, Townley and Vauxhall.
- Five Points, area around the junction of Galloping Hill Road, Chestnut Street, Salem Road, Delaware Avenue, Walton Avenue, and Tucker Avenue.
- Brookside Heights (Curreyville), west of Vauxhall Road.
- Vauxhall, area of Union north of I-78 and west of Stuyvesant Avenue,with its own ZIP code 07088.
- Union Center, area around the intersection of Morris and Stuyvesant Avenues.
- Putnam Ridge, a section between Suburban Road, Morris Avenue, Twin Oaks Road, and Colonial Avenue.
- Putnam Manor, an historic section between Colonial Avenue and Salem Road.
- Orchard Park
- Parkside Manor, a three-road section off of Union Terrace, featured in the movie She Devil with Roseanne Barr.
- Larchmont Estates, area bordered by Larchmont Reservation (NW and NE edges), Morris Avenue (SW), Liberty Avenue (SE), and Joe Collins Park/Larchmont Reservation (NE edge).
- Green Lane, new community between Kean University and Union Station.
- Fairway Drive, community bordering the Galloping Hill Golf Course.
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 56,642 people, 19,556 households, and 14,276 families residing in the township. The population density was 6,244.3 per square mile (2,410.9/km2). There were 20,250 housing units at an average density of 2,232.4 per square mile (861.9/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 53.78% (30,464) White, 28.98% (16,417) Black or African American, 0.14% (80) Native American, 10.60% (6,003) Asian, 0.04% (24) Pacific Islander, 4.06% (2,297) from other races, and 2.40% (1,357) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 14.94% (8,465) of the population.
There were 19,556 households, of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.35.
In the township, 21.1% of the population were under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.6 years. For every 100 females there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $73,722 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,858) and the median family income was $86,705 (+/- $3,822). Males had a median income of $54,811 (+/- $1,998) versus $47,144 (+/- $2,316) for females. The per capita income for the township was $31,135 (+/- $1,104). About 3.7% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census of 2000, there were 54,405 people, 19,534 households, and 14,162 families residing in the township. The population density was 5,968.1 people per square mile (2,303.3/km²). There were 20,001 housing units at an average density of 2,194.1 per square mile (846.8/km²). An example of a diverse city in the United States, the racial makeup of the township was 67.66% White, 19.76% African American, 0.15% Native American, 7.72% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.44% from other races, and 2.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.93% of the population.
There were 19,534 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.25.
In the township the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 87.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $59,173, and the median income for a family was $68,707. Males had a median income of $45,299 versus $35,604 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,768. About 3.0% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.
Union Township is governed under the Township form of government. The five-member Township Committee is elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle. At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor. The Mayor, in addition to voting as a member of the Township Committee, presides over the meetings of the committee and carries out ceremonial duties.
As of 2015, members of the Union Township Committee are Mayor Manuel T. Figueiredo (D, term on committee and as mayor ends December 31, 2015), Deputy Mayor Suzette Cavadas (D, term on committee ends 2016; term as deputy mayor ends 2015), Joseph M. Florio (D, 2017), Clifton People, Jr. (D, 2016), and Anthony L. Terrezza, Jr. (D, 2015).
Mayors of Union
|#||Mayor||Years in Office||Party||Terms||Notes|
|1||John Leonard||1879–1883||1-4||First term|
|2||James A. Burnett||1884–1885||5-6|
|3||John Leonard||1886||7||Second term|
|4||James B. Woodruff||1887–1891||8-12||Five Consecutive Terms|
|5||John Tunison||1892–1893||13-14||Two consecutive terms|
|6||Daniel H. Beach||1894–1895||15-16||Two consecutive terms|
|7||William P. Bonnell||1896||17|
|8||John H. Doremus||1897||18||First term|
|9||Daniel H. Beach||1898||19||Third term|
|10||William A. Bainbridge||1899||20|
|11||John H. Doremus||1900||21||Second term|
|12||Daniel H. Beach||1901||22||Fourth term|
|13||John H. Doremus||1902–1903||23-24||Third and fourth terms|
|14||Walter A. Miller||1904–1905||25-26||Two consecutive terms|
|15||Daniel B. Wade||1906||25||First Term|
|16||John H. Doremus||1907||26||Fourth term|
|17||Daniel H. Beach||1908||27|
|18||Daniel B. Wade||1909||28|
|20||Daniel H. Beach||1911||30|
|21||Howard B. Kline||1912||31|
|22||Daniel H. Beach||1914||33|
|23||Cornelius E. Blanchard||1915||34|
|24||George A. Bashford||1916||35|
|25||Daniel H. Beach||1917||36|
|27||George A. Bashford||1919||38|
|28||Daniel H. Beach||1920–1921||39-40||Two consecutive terms|
|29||George A. Bashford||1922||41|
|30||Ambrose B. Kline||1923||42|
|31||Charles W. Wink||1924–1926||43-45||Three consecutive terms|
|32||Ambrose B. Kline||1927–1928||46-47||Two consecutive terms|
|33||Gustav Hummel, Jr.||1929–1931||48-50||Three consecutive terms|
|34||Max A. Schoenwalder||1932–1933||51-52||Two consecutive terms|
|35||Charles Schramm||1934–1939||53-58||Six consecutive terms. Resigned in 1939.|
|36||Fred Edward Biertuempfel||1939–1973||Republican||59-93||Thirty-four consecutive terms.|
|37||Samuel Rabkin||1973||Republican||93||Finished Biertuempfel's term. Rabkin field named after him.|
|38||Anthony E. Russo||1974||Democrat||94|
|39||James C. Conlon||1975||Republican||95|
|40||John S. Zimmerman||1976||Democrat||96|
|42||James C. Conlon||1978–1980||Democrat||98-99||Two consecutive terms|
|44||James C. Conlon||1982||Republican||101|
|45||Anthony E. Russo||1983||Democrat||102|
|49||Diane Heelan||1987||Republican||106||Union's first female mayor|
|53||Anthony E. Russo||1991||Democrat||110|
|60||Anthony L. Terrezza||1998–1999||Democrat||117-118||Two consecutive terms|
|62||Peter A. Capodice||2001||Democrat||120|
|64||Brenda C. Restivo||2003||Democrat||122|
|65||Anthony L. Terrezza||2004||Democrat||123|
|67||Peter A. Capodice||2006||Democrat||125|
|68||Brenda C. Restivo||2007||Democrat||126||Second Term|
|69||Clifton People, Jr.||2008||Democrat||127||Union's first African-American mayor|
|70||Anthony L. Terrezza||2009–2010||Democrat||128-129||Two consecutive terms|
|71||Joseph Florio||2011-2012||Democrat||130-131||Two consecutive terms. Second & third terms as mayor.|
|72||Clifton People, Jr.||2013-2014||Democrat||132-133||Two consecutive terms. Second & third terms as mayor.|
|73||Manuel T. Figueiredo||2015–present||Democrat||134-|
Federal, state and county representation
Union Township is split between the 7th and 10th Congressional Districts and is part of New Jersey's 20th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Union Township had also been split between the 7th and 10th Congressional Districts with different boundaries, 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. The redistricting plan that took effect in 2013 placed 31,611 residents living in the central and western portions of the township into the 7th District, while 25,031 residents in a semicircle that runs along the northern, eastern and southern borders of the township were placed into the 10th District.
New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District is represented by Leonard Lance (R, Clinton Township). New Jersey's Tenth Congressional District is represented by Donald Payne, Jr. (D, Newark). 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 (Senate, General Assembly), the 20th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Raymond Lesniak (D, Elizabeth) and in the General Assembly by Jamel Holley (D, Roselle) and Annette Quijano (D, Elizabeth). 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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- Sullivan, John. "IN PERSON; McGreevey Goes for Muscle", The New York Times, December 1, 2002. Accessed May 24, 2013. "He was born in Elizabeth and raised in Union Township, and when he was 13 he sneaked out of his house and took a train into Manhattan to attend a wake for Robert F. Kennedy."
- Kausler Jr., Don. "Alabama gymnast Kayla Hoffman named the SEC Female Athlete of the Year", The Birmingham News, June 28, 2011. Accessed October 16, 2015. "The Union, N.J., native is the sixth Alabama athlete and fifth Tide gymnast to be named SEC Female Athlete of the Year, joining gymnasts Penney Hauschild (1985), Dee Foster (1990), Andreé Pickens (2002), Rice (2004) and track star Lillie Leatherwood (1987)."
- Staff. "Mildred Hughes, 92, New Jersey Senator", The New York Times, January 19, 1995. Accessed May 24, 2013. "Mildred Barry Hughes, who in 1965 was the first woman elected a state senator in New Jersey, died on Jan. 11 at the Cranford (N.J.) Health and Extended Care Center. She was 92 and had lived for many years in Union, N.J."
- Ron Karkovice, Baseball Almanac. Accessed December 7, 2011.
- Goldstein, Tom. "Amalya Lyle Kearse; Woman in the News", The New York Times, June 25, 1979. Accessed March 3, 2012.
- Washington, Ethel M. Union County Black Americans p. 93. Arcadia Publishing, 2004. ISBN 9780738536835. Accessed October 16, 2015. "Jimmy Carter appointed Amalya Lyle Kearse judge for the U.S. District Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, in New York. Born in the Vauxhall section of Union, Judge Kearse received her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and juris doctorate degree from the University of Michigan Law School."
- Larry Kubin profile, database Football. Accessed June 6, 2007.
- Kulick became the first woman to win a PBA Tour title on Sunday, beating Chris Barnes in the final of the 45th Tournament of Champions.
- Staff. "'Lucky' Artie Lange is having the time - and movie - of his life", Philadelphia Daily News, September 15, 2006. Accessed February 13, 2011. "Today, the Union, NJ, native takes it up a notch with Artie Lange's Beer League."
- Biography of Ray Liotta, The New York Times. Accessed December 6, 2006.
- Obituary, "CONDE J. M'GINLEY, EDITOR, 73, IS DEAD; Ran Common Sense, Called Anti-Semitic by House Unit", July 2, 1963, The New York Times, pg 30. Accessed May 27, 2013.
- Sylvia Pogorzelski Miss New Jersey USA 2005, Miss New Jersey USA. Accessed September 12, 2015. "Sylvia grew up in Union, New Jersey with her parents Janusz & Irene Pogorzelski and brother Arthur who is five years younger.... After her freshman year at Union High School, her parents decided to move to East Hanover, New Jersey. She started attending Hanover Park High School in her sophomore year and graduated in 2003."
- Matthew John Rinaldo, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed September 5, 2007.
- Franks, Bob. "In Recognition of Anthony Russo", p. 25503, Congressional Record, V. 145, Pt. 18, October 14, 1999 to October 25, 1999. United States Government Printing Office, 1999. Accessed October 16, 2015. "He served as a Union Township Committee member for 27 years, Mayor for nine terms, and New Jersey Senator from 1979 to 1981."
- Arntzenius, Linda. "Profiles in Education; Karl Schellscheidt", Town Topics (newspaper), June 21, 2006. Accessed May 24, 2013. "As the son of a professional soccer player (and coach for Seton Hall University) who came to the United States from Germany in 1966, Mr. Schellscheidt has been rooting for Germany. As a former kid from Union, New Jersey, he's been rooting for the U.S. team."
- Roselle Catholic High School Alumni Directory 1993. Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc. White Plains, NY. 1993. p. 49.
- Jones, Grahame L. "Schellscheidt Hoping to Soccer It to Them: U.S. Olympic Coach Would Like to Put America on World Football Map", Los Angeles Times, June 14, 1983. Accessed June 10, 2011. "This is what we do in Union, New Jersey his home with the rec program."
- Rothman, Darnell. "Pittsburgh Steelers' Darnell Stapleton visits school kids at his Union Township alma mater", The Star-Ledger, March 26, 2009. Accessed February 13, 2011.
- Biography of Robert Wuhl, The New York Times. Accessed December 6, 2006.
- Lipton, Michael A. "In a League of His Own; Actor and Sports Fan Robert Wuhl Mixes Business with Pleasure on Arli$$", People (magazine), September 30, 1996. Accessed May 24, 2013. "To hear Wuhl tell it, he has always been fascinated by sports and showbiz. Growing up in Union, N.J., the second of three children of a produce distributor and his wife, he says Roger Maris and Billy Wilder were his idols and claims he taught himself to read by poring over the movie pages of the Newark Star-Ledger."
- Griffith, Janelle. "WWE star, N.J. native Darren Young: I came out because I'm in love", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, August 16, 2013. Accessed October 16, 2015.
- Aminat Ayinde, the second runner-up from Cycle 12 of America's Next Top Model.
- C. Louis Bassano (born 1942) politician who served in both the New Jersey General Assembly and the New Jersey Senate.
- Freddie 'Red' Cochrane (1915–1993), professional boxer in the welterweight (147lb) division who became World Champion in 1941 in that class.
- Joe Collins (1922–1989), first baseman for the New York Yankees from 1948 to 1957. A park on Liberty Avenue is named after him.
- Joseph Cryan (born 1961), represents the 20th legislative district in the New Jersey General Assembly.
- Jamie Fox (born 1954), political strategist.
- Kayla Hoffman (born 1988), artistic gymnast.
- Mildred Barry Hughes (1902–95), the first woman elected to the New Jersey Senate, in 1965.
- Ron Karkovice (born 1963), Major League baseball catcher from 1986 to 1997.
- Amalya Lyle Kearse (born 1937), a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
- Larry Kubin (born 1959), linebacker who played with the Washington Redskins from 1981 to 1984.
- Kelly Kulick (born 1977), professional bowler who became the first woman ever to win a regular Professional Bowlers Association tour title.
- Artie Lange (born 1967), comedian, actor, and former Howard Stern Show sidekick.
- Ray Liotta (born 1954), actor.
- Elliott Maddox (born 1947), professional baseball player with both the New York Yankees 1974-76 and the New York Mets 1978-80.
- Conde McGinley (born 1890), publisher of the anti-Communist and anti-Semitic weekly paper, Common Sense.
- Sylvia Pogorzelski (born 1985), Miss New Jersey USA 2005.
- Matthew John Rinaldo (born 1931), represented New Jersey in the United States House of Representatives for twenty years, in the 12th congressional district (1973–1983) and in the 7th congressional district (1983–1993).
- Anthony E. Russo (born 1926), former member of the New Jersey Senate who served as Mayor of Union.
- Karl Schellscheidt (born 1968), soccer player, educator and entrepreneur.
- Manfred Schellscheidt (born 1941) German-American soccer coach and former player and member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
- Darnell Stapleton (born 1985), former offensive guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers who was a member of the Steelers' Super Bowl XLIII championship team.
- Robert Wuhl (born 1951), actor.
- Darren Young (born 1983), professional wrestler signed to WWE where he is one half of The Prime Time Players with Titus O'Neil.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Union Township include:
- The Union Watersphere, for many years the tallest water tower of its type in the world, stands 212 feet tall, holds 250,000 gallons of drinking water and is now also used as a cell phone tower. The landmark and icon inspired a former Union resident to create a website and museum (in Austin, Texas) dedicated to it.
- Union is home to several houses constructed totally of poured concrete, an experiment of Thomas Edison. The homes on Ingersoll Terrace include poured concrete interior walls with formed concrete plumbing.
- Union is home to a building in the shape of a ship at 2262 U.S. Route 22. Originally a restaurant and night club, it has changed ownership over the years, becoming a furniture store known as "The Flagship" and later The Wiz Home Electronics. It is currently a P. C. Richard & Son store.
- Union is home to the largest Home Depot store in the United States, covering 217,000 square feet (20,200 m2).
Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Union.
Former Rahway Valley Railroad freight line, now abandoned, crosses through Union. This line, presently licensed to Morristown and Erie Railway, is in the process of revitalization after which it will link to NJ Transit's Morris and Essex Lines at Summit and connect to Staten Island.
NJ Transit also provides bus service to New York City and New Jersey points on the 113, 114 and 117 routes to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, on the 65, 66 70 and 94 routes to Newark and local service on the 26 and 52.
New Jersey Transit offers rail service at the Union train station providing service on the Raritan Valley Line (formerly the mainline of the Lehigh Valley Railroad) to Newark Penn Station. The station opened in 2003 and includes a parking lot with over 450 spaces.
The Parkway connects Kenilworth in the south to Hillside in the north. The Parkway includes interchanges 139A (Chestnut Street) / 139B (Route 82 West Union), interchanges 140 (Route 22 / Route 82 west) / 140A (Route 22 / Route 82 west) and interchange 141 (Vauxhall Road / Union).
As of May 2010, the township had a total of 145.85 miles (234.72 km) of roadways, of which 120.11 miles (193.30 km) were maintained by the municipality, 11.43 miles (18.39 km) by Union County and 12.46 miles (20.05 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 1.85 miles (2.98 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
Roads and highways
Kean University, dating back to 1855, serves a total student population of almost 16,000. Called New Jersey State Teachers College when it was located in Newark, the school moved to Union in 1958, was renamed Kean College in 1973 and was granted university status in 1997.
Union is also home to several private nursery schools and the Deron School, a private school for learning disabled students ages 5–13. St. Michael's School and Holy Spirit School operate under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.
Union was threatened with being the first municipality north of the Mason–Dixon line to suffer from penalties as a result of school segregation. The area of Vauxhall was primarily black and Jefferson Elementary School was disproportionately black compared to the rest of the town. Union avoided problems by converting Jefferson Elementary into a sixth-grade only school called Central 6 and bused the Jefferson students to all the other elementary schools. It was later renamed Central 5 and is now Hamilton School, which is used as a one-year school for fifth-grade students.
The Union Public School District serves students in pre-Kindergarten through grade twelve. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's 10 schools had an enrollment of 7,466 students and 572.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.05:1. The schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are six PreK-4 elementary schools — Battle Hill Elementary School (427 students), Hannah Caldwell Elementary School (701), Connecticut Farms Elementary School (500), Franklin Elementary School (476), Livingston Elementary School (445) and Washington Elementary School (596) — Jefferson Elementary School (262 in grade 5), Burnet Middle School (1,077; 6-8), Kawameeh Middle School (665; 6-8) and Union High School for grades nine through twelve (2,317).
On October 15, 2014 President Barack Obama visited the town at a private fundraiser benefiting the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Democrat Barbara Buono received 53.4% of the vote (6,269 cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 45.4% (5,334 votes), and other candidates with 1.2% (135 votes), among the 12,013 ballots cast by the township's 33,305 registered voters (275 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 36.1%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 7,628 ballots cast (53.0% vs. 50.6% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 5,734 votes (39.8% vs. 41.7%), Independent Chris Daggett with 741 votes (5.1% vs. 5.9%) and other candidates with 113 votes (0.8% vs. 0.8%), among the 14,397 ballots cast by the township's 31,972 registered voters, yielding a 45.0% turnout (vs. 46.5% in the county).
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As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 31,155 registered voters in Union Township, of which 12,061 (38.7% vs. 41.8% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 3,928 (12.6% vs. 15.3%) were registered as Republicans and 15,157 (48.7% vs. 42.9%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 9 voters registered to other parties. Among the township's 2010 Census population, 55.0% (vs. 53.3% in Union County) were registered to vote, including 69.7% 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 (