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Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey !


Mansfield Township is a Township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 5,090, which was forecast to have grown to 8,047 as of the 2006 Census estimate, representing growth of 58.1% since the previous enumeration. Mansfield was first formed on November 6, 1688, and reformed by Royal Charter on May 9, 1770. Mansfield was incorporated as one of New Jersey's initial 104 townships by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Portions of the township were taken to form Fieldsboro (March 7, 1850, within township; became fully independent c. 1894), Bordentown Township (March 8, 1852) and Florence Township (March 7, 1872).

Local government

Mansfield Township is governed under the Township form of government with a five-member Township Committee. The Township Committee is elected directly by the voters in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor. The Mayor presides at the meetings and votes as a member of the Committee. All formal legislative and executive powers are exercised by the Committee as a whole. The Township Committee has allocated coordination of administrative and departmental functions among its members. Every Township board and department has at least one member of Committee as a liaison. Members of the Mansfield Township Committee are Mayor Arthur Pugglia, Deputy Mayor Kenneth Denti, Robert Higgins, LaVerne Cholewa and Terri Tallon-Hammill.

Federal, state and county representation

Mansfield Township is in the Fourth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 8th Legislative District. New Jersey's Fourth Congressional District, covering portions of Burlington County, Mercer County, Monmouth County and Ocean County, is represented by Christopher Smith (R). New Jersey is represented in the Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken). For the 2008-2009 Legislative Session, the 8th district of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Phil Haines (R, Springfield Township) and in the Assembly by Dawn Marie Addiego (R, Evesham Township) and Scott Rudder (R, Medford Township). The Governor of New Jersey is Jon Corzine (D, Hoboken). Burlington County is governed by a five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, elected at-large to three-year terms on a staggered basis. As of 2008, Burlington County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director James K. Wujcik (Cinnaminson Township, 2009), Deputy Director Joseph B. Donnelly (Cinnaminson Township, 2010), Dawn Marie Addiego (Evesham Township, 2008), Aubrey A. Fenton (Willingboro Township, 2008) and William S. Haines, Jr. (Medford Township, 2009).

Education

Children in grades K - 6 attend the Mansfield Public Schools. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics.) are John Hydock Elementary School, serving grades Pre-K through 2 "Home of the Cougars" (302 students) and Mansfield Township Elementary School serving Grades 3-6 "Home of the Mustangs" (372 students). Children in public school for grades 7 - 12 attend the schools of the Northern Burlington County Regional School District, which also serves students from Chesterfield Township, North Hanover Township and Springfield Township, along with children of United States Air Force personnel based at McGuire Air Force Base. The schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Northern Burlington County Regional Middle School for grades 7 and 8 (665 students) and Northern Burlington County Regional High School for grades 9-12 (1,264 students). Both schools are in the Columbus section of Mansfield Township.

Transportation

Interstate 95 and Interstate 295 pass through the township, as do U.S. Route 206 and Route 68. Mansfield Township houses New Jersey Turnpike Interchange 6, which connects to the Pennsylvania Extension, and US 130. The 6 toll gate is located further west on the Penn Ext. in Florence Twp. The Turnpike Authority is planning to widen the Turnpike from Exit 8A in Monroe Township to Exit 6 in Mansfield Township. This widening would change the current configuration (from 3-3) to "3-3-3-3." New Jersey Transit provides bus service to Philadelphia on the 409 route.

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