Lakehurst was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 7, 1921, from portions of Manchester Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 24, 1921. The borough is named for its location near lakes and woods.
Union Avenue, about 1910
The community of Lakehurst first reached international fame as a winter resort around the turn of the 20th century, following the opening of the Pine Tree Inn in 1898. In 1911, the rope factory in the town burned down, prompting the formation of a volunteer fire department.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.99 square miles (2.56 km2), including 0.90 square miles (2.32 km2) of land and 0.09 square miles (0.24 km2) of water (9.39%).
The borough's lake, Lake Horicon, existed prior to 1942, as clearly shown in aerial photographs from 1940 and 1931 and topographical maps from 1912. The cedar water lake remains stream-fed.
Lakehurst is completely surrounded by Manchester Township, making it part of 21 pairs of "doughnut towns" in the state, where one municipality entirely surrounds another.
Of the 881 households, 36.8% had children under the age of 18; 50.7% were married couples living together; 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present and 24.9% were non-families. Of all households, 18.5% were made up of individuals and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.01 and the average family size was 3.43.
28.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 7.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31.9 years. For every 100 females, the population had 105.4 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 97.8 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $67,872 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,972) and the median family income was $67,838 (+/- $7,173). Males had a median income of $44,844 (+/- $8,788) versus $34,950 (+/- $7,557) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $27,171 (+/- $4,950). About 2.1% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.
There were 870 households, out of which 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 19.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.33.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 30.6% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.3 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $43,567, and the median income for a family was $48,833. Males had a median income of $35,403 versus $26,667 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,390. About 4.4% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.
Lakehurst is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government, which is used in 218 municipalities (of the 565) statewide, making it the most common form of government in New Jersey. The governing body is comprised of the Mayor and the Borough Council, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. The Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council is comprised of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by Lakehurst is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
As of 2020[update], the Mayor of Lakehurst Borough is Republican Harry Robbins, whose term of office ends December 31, 2023. Members of the Lakehurst Borough Council are Council President Steven Oglesby (R, 2022), James W. Davis Jr. (R, 2021), Patricia A. Hodges (R, 2020), Gary L. Lowe (R, 2021), Robert McCarthy (R, 2020) and Steven Oglesby (R, 2022).
In August 2015, the Borough Council selected former mayor Stephen F. Childers to fill the unexpired term ending in December 2016 of Glenn McComas, who had resigned from office the previous month as he was moving out of the borough.
Ocean County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members, elected on an at-large basis in partisan elections and serving staggered three-year terms of office, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization held in the beginning of January, the board chooses a Director and a Deputy Director from among its members. As of 2019[update], Ocean County's Freeholders (with party affiliation, term-end year, residence and department directorship listed in parentheses) are
Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines (R, 2019, Toms River; Parks and Recreation and Natural Lands),
Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Kelly (R, 2019, Eagleswood Township; Law and Public Safety),
Gerry P. Little (R, 2021, Surf City; Roads),
Gary Quinn (R, 2021, Lacey Township; Human Services and Transportation) and
Joseph H. Vicari (R, 2020, Toms River; Senior Services and County Operations). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are
County Clerk Scott M. Colabella (R, 2019, Barnegat Light),
Sheriff Michael Mastronardy (R, 2019; Toms River) and
Surrogate Jeffrey Moran (R, 2023, Beachwood).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 1,373 registered voters in Lakehurst, of which 254 (18.5%) were registered as Democrats, 295 (21.5%) were registered as Republicans and 823 (59.9%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There was one voter registered to another party. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 51.7% (vs. 63.2% in Ocean County) were registered to vote, including 72.2% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 82.6% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 50.8% of the vote (438 cast), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 48.5% (418 votes), and other candidates with 0.7% (6 votes), among the 872 ballots cast by the borough's 1,480 registered voters (10 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 58.9%. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 49.5% of the vote (459 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 47.7% (443 votes) and other candidates with 1.7% (16 votes), among the 928 ballots cast by the borough's 1,521 registered voters, for a turnout of 61.0%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 58.8% of the vote (518 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 39.8% (351 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (12 votes), among the 881 ballots cast by the borough's 1,427 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 61.7.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 73.4% of the vote (398 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 25.1% (136 votes), and other candidates with 1.5% (8 votes), among the 555 ballots cast by the borough's 1,461 registered voters (13 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 38.0%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 65.0% of the vote (371 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 25.4% (145 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 7.4% (42 votes) and other candidates with 1.1% (6 votes), among the 571 ballots cast by the borough's 1,469 registered voters, yielding a 38.9% turnout.
The Lakehurst district decided in 2012 against a proposal that would have had borough students attend Jackson Liberty High School as part of a sending / receiving relationship with the Jackson School District. The change in the sending relationship had been considered as a means of reducing the costs associated with paying $14,000 for each of the 150 students attending Manchester High School, as opposed to the $11,300 that would have been paid at Jackson, yielding annual savings of $400,000, less the added cost of transporting students to and from Jackson.
Route 70 at Route 37 in Lakehurst
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 13.55 miles (21.81 km) of roadways, of which 7.72 miles (12.42 km) were maintained by the municipality, 3.95 miles (6.36 km) by Ocean County and 1.88 miles (3.03 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
The Asbury Park Press provides daily news coverage of the community as does WOBM-FM radio. The government of the borough provides columns and commentary to The Manchester Times, which is one of seven weekly papers from Micromedia Publications; founded in 1995, the company was headquartered on Union Avenue in the borough until late 2019 when they moved to the Lakehurst Circle Center.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Lakehurst include:
^ abGoverning Body, Borough of Lakehurst. Accessed April 13, 2020. "The Borough of Lakehurst, New Jersey governing body consists of a Mayor and six Council Members elected at large. Members of the Council are elected for three year terms with two Council Members being elected each year while the Mayor is elected every four years."
^ abAnnual Estimates of the Resident Population for Minor Civil Divisions in New Jersey: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2019, United States Census Bureau. Accessed May 21, 2020.
^ abGCT-PH1 Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - State -- County Subdivision from the 2010 Census Summary File 1 for New Jersey Archived February 12, 2020, at archive.today, United States Census Bureau. Accessed December 26, 2012.
^DeMarco, Megan. "Voters to decide whether to merge two Princetons into one", The Star-Ledger, November 3, 2011. Accessed January 8, 2017. "There are 22 sets of 'doughnut towns' in New Jersey, those where one town wraps around the other town". Note that following voter approval of the Princeton merger, 21 pairs of "doughnut towns" remain.
^ abcdeDP-1: Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: 2000 - Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF 1) 100-Percent Data for Lakehurst borough, Ocean County, New Jersey Archived February 12, 2020, at archive.today, United States Census Bureau. Accessed December 26, 2012.
^DP03: Selected Economic Characteristics from the 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates for Lakehurst borough, Ocean County, New Jersey Archived February 12, 2020, at archive.today, United States Census Bureau. Accessed December 26, 2012.
^Inventory of Municipal Forms of Government in New Jersey, Rutgers University Center for Government Studies, July 1, 2011. Accessed November 18, 2019.
^2019 General Election Official Results November 5, 2019, Ocean County, New Jersey Clerk, updated November 15, 2019. Accessed January 1, 2020.
^2018 General Election Official Results November 6, 2018, Ocean County, New Jersey Clerk, updated November 19, 2018. Accessed January 1, 2019.
^2017 General Election Official Results November 7, 2017, Ocean County, New Jersey Clerk, updated November 15, 2017. Accessed January 1, 2018.
^Staff. "Childers Replaces McComas" Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, The Manchester Times, August 7, 2015. Accessed August 10, 2015. "The Lakehurst Borough Council unanimously voted in former mayor Stephen Childers as Glenn McComas' replacement. McComas resigned July 1 due to his moving from the borough. The term expires December 31, 2016."
^Biography, Congressman Chris Smith. Accessed January 3, 2019. "Elected in 1980, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton, N.J.) is currently in his 19th two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives, and serves residents of the Fourth Congressional District of New Jersey."
^U.S. Sen. Cory Booker cruises past Republican challenger Rik Mehta in New Jersey, PhillyVoice. Accessed April 30, 2021. "He now owns a home and lives in Newark's Central Ward community."
^Biography of Bob Menendez, United States Senate, January 26, 2015. "Menendez, who started his political career in Union City, moved in September from Paramus to one of Harrison's new apartment buildings near the town's PATH station.."
^Home, sweet home: Bob Menendez back in Hudson County. nj.com. Accessed April 30, 2021. "Booker, Cory A. - (D - NJ) Class II; Menendez, Robert - (D - NJ) Class I"
^GCT-P7: Selected Age Groups: 2010 - State -- County Subdivision; 2010 Census Summary File 1 for New Jersey Archived February 12, 2020, at archive.today, United States Census Bureau. Accessed December 26, 2012.
^"Presidential General Election Results - November 6, 2012 - Ocean County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Elections. March 15, 2013. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
^"Number of Registered Voters and Ballots Cast - November 6, 2012 - General Election Results - Ocean County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Elections. March 15, 2013. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
^2008 Presidential General Election Results: Ocean County, New Jersey Department of State Division of Elections, December 23, 2008. Accessed December 26, 2012.
^Lakehurst Board of Education Policy 0110 - Identification, Lakehurst School District. Accessed September 5, 2020. "Purpose The Board of Education exists for the purpose of providing a thorough and efficient system of free public education in grades Kindergarten through eight in the Lakehurst School District. Composition The Lakehurst School District is comprised of all the area within the municipal boundaries of Lakehurst."
^About Our District, Manchester Township School District. Accessed May 12, 2017. "We are also the receiving district for approximately 150 high school students from neighboring Lakehurst Borough."
^Manchester Township High School 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 12, 2017. "Manchester Township High School is a four-year comprehensive high school that serves the students of Manchester Township and Lakehurst."
^Martins, Andrew. "Plan to put Lakehurst pupils in JLHS dies", Tri-Town news, November 29, 2012. Accessed August 26, 2020. "Recent consideration regarding the possibility of students from neighboring Lakehurst being enrolled at Jackson Liberty High School in Jackson on a tuition basis is dead. The Lakehurst School District Board of Education voted Nov. 20 not to proceed with a plan that could have ended that district's long-standing agreement with the Manchester School District in which high school-age students who live in Lakehurst attend Manchester High School."
^Monmouth-Ocean-Middlesex, NJ Transit. Accessed November 22, 2014.
^About Us, Micromedia Publications. Accessed June 27, 2016. "Micromedia Publications, Inc. was founded in 1995 by Stewart Swann and Robyn Weber for the purpose of publishing high quality local weekly newspapers within New Jersey. Following the successful launch of The Manchester Times in April of that year, the company has since introduced The Berkeley Times (1996), The Jackson Times (2000), The Brick Times (2002), The Howell Times (2004), The Toms River Times (2005) and The Lacey Barnegat Times (2010), now The Southern Ocean Times (2013)."
^Staff. "Bird: $15 Million Over 7 Years", Los Angeles Times, September 28, 1983. Accessed February 12, 2011. "Thomas B. Barlow, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and a pioneer of professional basketball, died at a retirement home in Lakehurst, NJ."
^Capozzi, Jose. "60 Seconds", The Palm Beach Post, March 1, 2013. Accessed October 17, 2013. "JC: Besides being the birthplace of Rick Croushore, what else is Lakehurst, N.J., famous for? RC: (smiles) For the Hindenberg blowing up. JC: As a Lakehurst native, how much is that ingrained in your conscious?RC: It's not. I was born there when my dad was in the Navy. We moved."
^Litsky, Frank. "Abel Kiviat, Runner, Dies at 99; Held World 1,500-Meter Record", The New York Times, August 26, 1991. Accessed December 26, 2012. "Abel Kiviat, a former world-recordholder in the 1,500-meter run who won a silver medal in the 1912 Olympics, died Saturday afternoon at his home in Lakehurst, N.J. He was 99 years old."
^Staff. "Squeeze In A Concert, Juice Newton, Gary Puckett To Take Stage At Oldies Show", Aberdeen American News, September 4, 2008. Accessed December 26, 2012. "Born Judy Kay Cohen in Lakehurst, NJ, she grew up in Virginia Beach, Va."
^Fink, Jerry. "Take Five: Juice Newton", Las Vegas Sun, January 2, 2007. Accessed August 26, 2020. "Newton, a 54-year-old native of Lakehurst, N.J., performs Friday through Sunday at the Suncoast."
^Condran, Ed. "Heavy Hitters", Asbury Park Press, October 31, 2008. Accessed February 12, 2011. "If Richard Shindell had realized he was climbing over the faces of the Mount Rushmore of songwriting while finding material for his latest album, "South of Delia," the disc might have sounded dramatically different. The Lakehurst native, co-headlining Saturday with Glen Phillips at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, interprets some heavy hitters."
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