Ask Away: Why do some towns have Boro or Township, etc. in their name when others don’t?
Every municipality in New Jersey falls into one of the following five types of municipal government: borough, township, city, town, or village.
“Every ‘name’ like Boro or Township is a form of government,” Ed Purcell, Staff Attorney from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, tells us. “However, some municipalities keep these ‘names’ after they have changed their form of government. This is most often done for sentimental or historical reasons. People are proud of their municipal heritage.”
One example: South Orange. “The Village form of local government has been rescinded by statute,” Purcell said. “Nevertheless, some municipalities, like South Orange, continue to use it in their ‘names.’”
The New Jersey State League of Municipalities has a helpful explainer on its website, here: http://www.njslom.org/types.html
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