Rumson, New Jersey
Rumson is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States and is part of the New York Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the borough's population was 7,122, reflecting a decline of 15 (−0.2%) from 7,137 in 2000, which had in turn increased by 436 (+6.5%) from 6,701 in 1990.
Rumson, New Jersey
|Borough of Rumson|
Map of Rumson in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Rumson, New Jersey
|Coordinates: 40.362°N 74.005°W|
|Incorporated||June 18, 1907|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||John E. Ekdahl (R, term ends December 31, 2019)|
|• Administrator / Municipal clerk||Thomas S. Rogers|
|• Total||7.117 sq mi (18.432 km2)|
|• Land||5.058 sq mi (13.101 km2)|
|• Water||2.059 sq mi (5.332 km2) 28.93%|
|Area rank||243rd of 566 in state|
16th of 53 in county
|Elevation||36 ft (11 m)|
|• Rank||316th of 566 in state|
24th of 53 in county
|• Density||1,408.0/sq mi (543.6/km2)|
|• Density rank||344th of 566 in state|
41st of 53 in county
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0885381|
Legend has it that the borough's name is derived from early settlers who bought the land from the Native Americans in exchange for some rum. But as far back as 1663, long before the area was officially named Rumson, Native Americans called it "Navarumsunk". Over the years it has been shortened to "Rumson", though sources also talk of a Chief Alumson as a source of the name. Other names Rumson has been known by include Black Point, Port Washington, and Oceanic.
Rumson was purchased by English settlers in pieces. The first purchase was dated January 25, 1665, and it included parts of Middletown. The rest of the area was purchased later that year.
Rumson is known for its many sprawling 19th-century estates located along the shores of the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers and along historic Rumson Road, which serves as one of Rumson's main thoroughfares. Now an upscale suburb, Rumson was then a summer colony for wealthy New York bankers and industrialists. The oldest of Rumson's homes was the Tredwell House, named after a family that summered there for almost 100 years. The oldest part of the house was from 1670, and the estate once occupied 700 acres (2.8 km2). It was the second-oldest building in Monmouth County when it was destroyed by fire in June 2006.
In the 19th century, Rumson's summer residents enjoyed many activities, such as swimming and boating in the adjacent Navesink River and the Atlantic Ocean, or taking wagon rides. In winter, residents used the river for ice boating.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 7.117 square miles (18.432 km2), including 5.058 square miles (13.101 km2) of land and 2.059 square miles (5.332 km2) of water (28.93%).
|Population sources: 1910–1920|
1930–1990 2000 2010
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 7,122 people, 2,344 households, and 1,957.240 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,408.0 per square mile (543.6/km2). There were 2,585 housing units at an average density of 511.0 per square mile (197.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.22% (6,924) White, 0.25% (18) Black or African American, 0.07% (5) Native American, 1.26% (90) Asian, 0.03% (2) Pacific Islander, 0.15% (11) from other races, and 1.01% (72) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.43% (173) of the population.
There were 2,344 households out of which 46.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.4% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.5% were non-families. 14.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 and the average family size was 3.38.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 32.5% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 18.0% from 25 to 44, 32.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.6 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 89.9 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $134,281 (with a margin of error of +/- $18,300) and the median family income was $157,188 (+/- $28,308). Males had a median income of $140,885 (+/- $25,278) versus $56,071 (+/- $16,014) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $79,388 (+/- $10,219). About 3.8% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 0.0% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 7,137 people, 2,452 households, and 1,988 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,366.0 people per square mile (527.9/km2). There were 2,610 housing units at an average density of 499.5 per square mile (193.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.77% White, 0.24% African American, 0.06% Native American, 1.06% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population.
There were 2,452 households out of which 44.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.3% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.9% were non-families. 16.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.29.
In the borough the population was spread out with 31.9% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median resident age is 39.2 years old. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $120,865, and the median income for a family was $140,668. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $47,260 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $73,692. About 3.4% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 0.7% of those age 65 or over.
The Seabright Lawn Tennis and Cricket Club, established in 1877, is the oldest continuously active tennis club in the United States.
Parks and recreation
Public parks include Meadowridge Park, Piping Rock Park, Riverside Park, Rogers Park, "Teddy's Playground" at Victory Park, and West Park. The Rumson Country Club is a consolidation of the Rumson Polo Club and the Meadow Yacht Club and the Sea Bright Yacht Club. Bingham Hall serves as a center for social gatherings, recreational activities, and fundraisers.
Rumson is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists 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 Rumson, the most common system used in the state, 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 2018, the Mayor of Rumson is Republican John E. Ekdahl, whose term of office ends on December 31, 2019. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Joseph K. Hemphill (R, 2019), Laura R. Atwell (R, 2019), Gary Casazza (R, 2020), John J. Conklin III (R, 2018), Mark E. Rubin (R, 2018) and Robert Swikart (R, 2020).
Councilmember Frank E. Shanley submitted a letter of resignation that took effect as of December 31, 2014, and was replaced in January 2015 by John J. Conklin, III, who was selected by the Borough Council from a list of three candidates nominated by the Republican municipal committee.
Federal, state and county representation
Rumson is located in the 4th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 13th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Rumson had been in the 11th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Rumson had been part of the 12th Congressional District, 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.
For the 116th United States Congress, New Jersey's Fourth Congressional District is represented by Chris Smith (R, Hamilton Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (Paramus, term ends 2025).
For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 13th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Declan O'Scanlon (R, Little Silver) and in the General Assembly by Amy Handlin (R, Middletown Township) and Serena DiMaso (R, Holmdel Township).
Monmouth County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members who are elected at-large to serve three year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects one of its members to serve as Director and another as Deputy Director. As of 2018, Monmouth County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone (R, Neptune City, term as freeholder ends December 31, 2019; term as freeholder director ends 2018), Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian G. Burry (R, Colts Neck Township, term as freeholder ends 2020; term as deputy director ends 2018), John P. Curley (R, Middletown Township, 2018), Patrick G. Impreveduto (R, Holmdel Township, 2020) and Dr. Gerry P. Scharfenberger (R, Middletown Township, 2019; appointed to serve an unexpired term). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon (R, 2020; Ocean Township), Sheriff Shaun Golden (R, 2019; Howell Township) and Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters (R, 2021; Middletown Township).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 5,166 registered voters in Rumson, of which 953 (18.4%) were registered as Democrats, 1,827 (35.4%) were registered as Republicans and 2,383 (46.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were three voters registered to other parties.
In the 2016 Presidential election in Rumson, Republican Donald J. Trump received 54.9% (2,131 votes cast) in contrast with Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton's 41.0% (1,592 votes cast). Other candidates received 4.0% (158 votes cast). In the previous 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 68.2% of the vote (2,446 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 31.0% (1,111 votes), and other candidates with 0.8% (29 votes), among the 3,610 ballots cast by the borough's 5,384 registered voters (24 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 67.1%. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 59.7% of the vote (2,470 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 37.3% (1,543 votes) and other candidates with 1.3% (52 votes), among the 4,136 ballots cast by the borough's 5,303 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.0%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 63.8% of the vote (2,590 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 34.9% (1,418 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (40 votes), among the 4,060 ballots cast by the borough's 5,084 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 79.9.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 80.2% of the vote (1,925 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 18.1% (435 votes), and other candidates with 1.6% (39 votes), among the 2,438 ballots cast by the borough's 5,330 registered voters (39 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 45.7%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 71.6% of the vote (2,019 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 22.8% (644 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 4.9% (138 votes) and other candidates with 0.4% (11 votes), among the 2,819 ballots cast by the borough's 5,139 registered voters, yielding a 54.9% turnout.
The Rumson School District serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2014–15 school year, the district and its two schools had an enrollment of 977 students and 79.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.3:1. Schools in the district (with 2014–15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Deane-Porter Elementary School (PreK-3, 491 students) and Forrestdale Middle School (4–8, 483 students).
Public school students in ninth through twelfth grades attend Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, a regional, four-year comprehensive public high school serving students from both Fair Haven and Rumson, where the school is located. As of the 2014–15 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 938 students and 82.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.3:1. In 2016, Newsweek ranked RFH the 144th best high school in the United States.
Private schools in Rumson include Holy Cross School for grades K-8, which operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton. In 2015, Holy Cross School was one of 15 schools in New Jersey, and one of six private schools, recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in the exemplary high performing category by the United States Department of Education.
Founded in 1926 and developed under the principles of its organizer B. Lord Buckley, Rumson Country Day School serves students in preschool through eighth grade and was recognized in 1999 by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.
Roads and highways
No Interstate, U.S. or state highways directly serve Rumson. The most prominent road through the town is County Route 520 (Rumson Road).
Transportation to New York is available via NJ Transit's train service from either the Little Silver or Red Bank stations on the North Jersey Coast Line. Transportation to Newark Liberty International Airport is also available from Red Bank or Little Silver.
Many of Rumson's residents work in the financial services industry and commute to Wall Street on the high-speed SeaStreak ferry that leaves from nearby Atlantic Highlands. The ferry ride is 40 minutes to the foot of Wall Street or an hour to Midtown Manhattan.
NJ Transit offers local bus service on the 835 route.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Rumson include:
- Edward Dean Adams (1846–1931), financier, benefactor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, part-time resident.
- Arthur Ashkin (born 1922), scientist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018.
- James C. Auchincloss (1885–1976), served eleven terms in the United States House of Representatives from 1943 to 1965 as a Republican from New Jersey's 3rd congressional district after being a member of the Rumson borough council from 1930 to 1937 and serving as Mayor of Rumson, New Jersey from 1938 to 1943, when he was elected to Congress.
- Bret Baier (born 1970), host of Special Report with Bret Baier on the Fox News Channel.
- William Warren Barbour (1888–1943), represented New Jersey in the United States Senate from 1931 to 1937 and 1938–43, in addition to serving as a member of the Rumson Borough Council in 1922 and as Mayor of Rumson, New Jersey from 1923 to 1928.
- Virginia Bauer (born 1956), advocate for families of the victims of the September 11 terror attacks who is a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
- Alfred N. Beadleston (1912–2000), served as Mayor of Shrewsbury, Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly and President of the New Jersey Senate.
- Robert A. Beck (1925–1997), Chairman & CEO, Prudential Financial, was appointed by Ronald Reagan to the National Commission on Social Security Reform.
- Jon Bon Jovi (born 1962), rock musician, actor and former resident, who lives along the Navesink River in Middletown (across the river from Rumson).
- Clifford G. Bond (born 1950), economist and former United States Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Dorothy Bond (born 1921–1952), Soprano.
- Michelle Thoren Bond (born 1956), diplomat and former United States Ambassador to Lesotho and Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs.
- Matthew Borden (1842–1912), textile company owner.
- Edward Bowes (1874–1946), creator and host of Major Bowes Amateur Hour.
- Charles Briggs (born 1920), jazz musician, and frontman of Charlie Briggs & the Brigadiers.
- Bill Britton (born 1955), professional golfer.
- John M. Corlies (1868–1926), Mayor of Rumson who served on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
- Marshall Criser (born 1928), President of the University of Florida from 1984 to 1989.
- Peter Hood Ballantine Cumming (1910–1988), Mayor of Rumson in the 1950s.
- Pete Dawkins (born 1938), former U.S. Army Brigadier General, Heisman Trophy winner, Rhodes Scholar and businessman who ran in 1988 for the United States Senate seat held by Frank Lautenberg, losing 54%–46%.
- Lewis Eisenberg (born 1942), United States Ambassador to Italy and San Marino since 2017.
- Christian William Feigenspan (1876–1939), brewer.
- Randy Foye (born 1983), NBA point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
- Vic Ghezzi (1910–1976), professional golfer.
- James P. Gordon (1928–2013), physicist known for his work in optics and quantum electronics.
- Mason Welch Gross (1911–1977), quiz show personality and academic who served as the sixteenth President of Rutgers University.
- Siobhan Fallon Hogan (born 1961), actress who appeared on film in Forrest Gump, Men in Black and The Negotiator and was a former cast member of Saturday Night Live.
- Kevork Hovnanian (1923–2009), businessman and home builder, founder of Hovnanian Enterprises.
- Deborah Lee James (born 1958), 23rd Secretary of the Air Force.
- Kristjan Järvi (born 1972), conductor.
- Neeme Järvi (born 1937), Estonian-born conductor who emigrated to the United States and settled in Rumson, with his musician sons Paavo and Kristjan.
- Paavo Järvi (born 1962), conductor.
- Monsignor James F. Kelley (1902–1996), Former President of Seton Hall College (now University).
- Brian Kennedy, head coach for the NJIT Highlanders men's basketball team.
- Queen Latifah (born 1970), actress
- Catarina Lindqvist (born 1963), former professional tennis player.
- Heather Locklear (born 1961), actress, lived in Rumson while married to Richie Sambora.
- Enrique Marcatili (born 1925), winner of the IEEE's Baker Prize and pioneer in optical fiber research.
- Rob Margolies (born 1983), film director and screenwriter.
- Robert H. McCarter (1859–1941), New Jersey Attorney General from 1903 to 1908.
- Thomas N. McCarter (1867–1955), New Jersey Attorney General from 1902 to 1903.
- Jane Milmore (born 1955), playwright.
- Jennifer Milmore (born 1969), actress.
- John A. Mulheren (1949–2003), philanthropist and Wall Street financier.
- Ryan Murphy (born 1983), former professional ice hockey player who was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
- Bob Ojeda (born 1957), former pitcher in the major leagues, pitched for the Mets, Yankees, Indians, Red Sox and Dodgers from 1980 to 1994.
- James S. Parkes (1897–1985), politician, who served on the Red Bank Borough Council and as a member of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
- Rob Petitti (born 1982), offensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL.
- Charlie Puth (born 1991), singer-songwriter and record producer.
- Stephen Puth, singer-songwriter
- Jim Quirk (born c. 1945, class of 1963), NFL on-field official from 1988 to 2008.
- James Randi (born 1928), "The Amazing Randi", stage magician and scientific skeptic. Randi lived in small house in Rumson in the 1960s, whose premises included a sign that read: "Randi — charlatan".
- Leah Ray (1915–1999), big band singer and actress.
- Nelson Riddle (1921–1985), arranger and composer. Riddle spent his summers as a teen in Rumson and attended high school in Rumson during his senior year.
- Bill Robinson (1918–2007), sailor and author about sailing.
- Richie Sambora (born 1959), guitarist for Bon Jovi.
- Patti Scialfa (born 1953), singer-songwriter.
- Henry Selick (born 1952), stop motion director, producer and writer who is best known for directing The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach and Coraline.
- Dr. George A. Sheehan (1918–1993), cardiologist who authored numerous books on running and life, including the New York Times best seller Running & Being.
- Bruce Springsteen (born 1949), rock 'n roll musician.
- Melissa Stark (born 1973), television personality and sportscaster who works as a reporter for the NFL Network.
- Broeck Steadman, (born 1951), science fiction illustrator and muralist.
- Meghan Tierney (born 1997), snowboarder who has been selected to compete in snowboardcross for the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
- Lynn Tilton (born 1959), businesswoman.
- Sonny Werblin (1910–1991), sports executive.
- James R. Zazzali (born 1937), former Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
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- [Staff. "Rumson Estate Sold.; Rohallion, E.D. Adams's Place, Is Bought by Robert V. White.", The New York Times, July 28, 1929. Accessed October 10, 2018. "Rohallion, the country estate of Edward Dean Adams on the east side of Bellevue Avenue and the south side of Ridge Road, Rumson, N.J., has been purchased by Robert V. White of Rumson, who plans to remodel the residence and occupythe property as an all-year home."
- Diamond, Michael L. "Nobel Prize: Rumson's Arthur Ashkin oldest to win physics prize for Bell Labs laser work", Asbury Park Press, October 2, 2018. Accessed October 7, 2018. "Arthur Ashkin, a Bell Labs scientist who invented optical tweezers that can capture living bacteria, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2018, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Tuesday. It capped a long journey for the 96-year-old Rumson resident, who thought his research was worthy of one of the world's most prestigious prizes, but had figured his time had passed."
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- Koncius, Jura. "For a Fox Newsman and His Family, A Retreat Inspired by Ralph Lauren", The Washington Post, June 25, 2009. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Bret was a Fox News correspondent in Atlanta on Sept. 11, 2001.... Bret, who grew up in Rumson, N.J., and Atlanta, never went back to Georgia: Fox packed his stuff and moved it into an Adams Morgan apartment."
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- Staff. "Sept. 11 Activist Bauer Weds Judge", Red Bank Green, October 9, 2007. Accessed August 31, 2016. "The paper reports that Bauer, of Red Bank, wed U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Donald H. Steckroth in a ceremony held Saturday at Georgian Court College. Bauer, 51, grew up in Middletown and was a Rumson resident when her first husband, David Bauer, died in the terror attacks."
- Waldron, Martin. "Legislature: Familiar Faces Go", The New York Times, June 12, 1977. Accessed February 14, 2011. "When the new Legislature convenes in Trenton next January, the State Senate will be missing at least five of its most interesting members, including the widely respected dean of the Legislature, Alfred N. Beadleston of Rumson."
- Treaster, Joseph B. "Robert A. Beck, 71, Dies; Former Head of Prudential", The New York Times, May 5, 1997. Accessed July 19, 2012. "Robert A. Beck, who rose from door-to-door selling to the top position at the Prudential Insurance Company of America, died yesterday at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. Mr. Beck, who also had a home in Rumson, N.J., was 71."
- Intindola, Brendan. "Rich and famous mourn Wall Street's John Mulheren", Forbes, December 19, 2003, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 2, 2004. Accessed September 27, 2015. "Mr. Bon Jovi, a fellow resident of Rumson and lead singer of the rock band Bon Jovi, was among the long line of mourners who stood outside waiting to enter the gray, shingled church."
- The Bon Jovi Library, Island Records, backed up by the Internet Archive as of August 30, 2006. Accessed September 27, 2015. "Sanctuary Sound was originally built in the basement of Jon Bon Jovi's Rumson ranch home."
- Clifford G. Bond, Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, United States Department of State. Accessed September 20, 2016. "Hometown: Rumson, New Jersey"
- Staff. "M.C.D. Borden Will Divides $5,000,000; All Goes to His Sons Except $250,000, Which Goes to Yale University.", The New York Times, July 12, 1912. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Matthew Chaloner Durfee Borden, the largest cotton manufacturer and printer in the world, who died of pneumonia at his Summer residence at Oceanic, N.J., on May 27, left a fortune which probably amounts to $5,000,000, according to information given out in connection with the filing of his will in the Surrogates' Court yesterday."
- Blackwell, Jon. "Radio king lived in Rumson, commuted by yacht", Asbury Park Press, August 27, 2001. Accessed February 14, 2011.
- Stravelli, Gloria. "Riddle's sweet sounds still play on heartstrings: Legendary bandleader, arranger, composer got his start in Rumson", Atlanticville, February 13, 2004. Accessed August 12, 2008.
- Edelson, Stephen. "Rumson's Britton wins Senior PGA Pro National", Asbury Park Press, November 1, 2009. Accessed February 14, 2011.
- Gabrielan, Randall. Rumson: Shaping a Superlative Suburb, p. 35. Arcadia Publishing, 2003. ISBN 0-7385-2398-4. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Opponents cried 'political revenge', observing that Shrewsbury Township had just elected its first Democratic majority in about two decades, one which would be destroyed by taking from office Oceanic's John M. Corlies."
- Marshall M. Criser Interview, University of Florida, 2005. Accessed February 14, 2011. "P: And where were you born? C: I was born in Rumson, a small town in New Jersey. It is a bedroom community, about fifty miles south of New York City."
- Staff. "Peter H. B. Cumming, 78, Retired Executive", The New York Times, November 18, 1988. Accessed November 14, 2015. "He was mayor of Rumson in the 1950s and was the great-grandson of Peter Ballantine, the founder of the Ballantine Brewing Company of Newark."
- Staff. "Panel Formed to Back Senate Bid by Dawkins", The New York Times, April 1, 1987. Accessed September 27, 2015. "Mr. Dawkins is 48 years old and has purchased a home in Rumson."
- Baldwin, Carly. "Rumson Man Leads Donald Trump's Fundraising Nationally and in New Jersey; As finance chairman of the RNC, Lew Eisenberg will raise funds for both Trump and the national Republican party.", Rumson-Fair Haven Patch, May 18, 2016. Accessed September 19, 2019. "Lewis 'Lew' Eisenberg, who lives in Rumson, has been appointed to lead fundraising for Trump, the Republican National Committee (RNC), and several state parties, including New Jersey, reports NJ.com."
- Salant, Jonathan D. "N.J. financier to head Trump-Republican fundraising committee" NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, May 18, 2016. Accessed July 19, 2019. "Eisenberg, of Rumson, became finance chairman of the RNC after Ray Washburne left the national party post to raise money for Gov. Chris Christie's presidential campaign."
- Staff. "C.W. Feigenspan, Newark Brewer; President of Company Dies at His Rumson Home—Fought the Dry Amendment Firm Was Founded In 1868 Father Started Business in a Cellar—Ex-Head of Federal Trust Co. in Newark", The New York Times, February 7, 1939. Accessed February 14, 2011.
- O'Neil, Dana Pennett. "Foye honored to represent Timberwolves at tonight's lottery.", Philadelphia Daily News, May 22, 2007. Accessed November 11, 2008. "Foye, who grew up in nearby Newark and recently bought a home in Rumson, said he was glad the team asked him to make the short drive."
- Staff. "Vic Ghezzi, Golfer, Dead at 65; Won P.G.A. Championship in '4l; Lost Playoff in '46 U.S. Open After 3-Way Tie for Lead Was on Ryder Cup Team", The New York Times, June 1, 1976. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Mr Ghezzi, who was born in Rumson, N.J., was a professional golfer for 25 years before retiring in 1960 to the Bal Harbour section of Miami Beach..."
- Martin, Douglas. "James Gordon Dies at 85; Work Paved Way for Laser", The New York Times, July 27, 2013. Accessed July 29, 2013. "Dr. Gordon, who lived in Rumson, N.J., died of complications of cancer in a Manhattan hospital, said his wife of 53 years, Susanna."
- Devlin, John C. "Mason Welch Gross, Ex-Head of Rutgers; Led the University During a Time of Growth and Sharp Political Controversy Was 66", The New York Times, October 12, 1977. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Dr. Mason Welch Gross, president of Rutgers University from 1959 to 1971, died yesterday in Riverview Hospital, Red Bank, N.J., after a long illness. He was 66 years old and lived at 18 Monmouth Avenue, Rumson, N.J."
- "Rumson Screen Star's Character Therapy", Red Bank Green, February 26, 2015. Accessed February 27, 2018. "Expect to see a bit more of her. Beginning this May, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, a Rumson resident of 10 years, will be a regular presence on Wayward Pines, the Fox TV 'event thriller' limited series (starring Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard and an ensemble supporting cast) from producer M. Night Shyamalan."
- Meier, Barry. "Kevork S. Hovnanian, Construction Company Founder, Dies at 86", The New York Times, September 25, 2009. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Kevork S. Hovnanian, who came to the United States from Iraq and started a construction company that became one of the nation's largest home builders, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 86 and lived in Rumson, N.J."
- Burton, John. "RFH Alumnus Serves Nation", The Two River Times, May 16, 2014. Accessed November 27, 2015. "Deborah Lee James, has had, by her own estimation – and probably almost anyone else's measure – a remarkable career. And it started at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. James, a 1976 graduate of R-FH who grew up in Rumson, was confirmed 4 ½ months ago by the U.S. Senate as secretary of the Air Force, only the second woman of 23 to hold that post."
- Wise, Brian. "A Maestro And His Plans For Reshaping An Orchestra", The New York Times, April 18, 2004. Accessed September 27, 2015. "A year after the incident, the Jarvi family – his wife, Lillia; his sons, Paavo and Kristjan; and his daughter, Maarika – packed their bags and settled in Rumson."
- Newman, Josh. "How did CBA grad wind up as NJIT's new head coach?", Asbury Park Press, April 15, 2016. Accessed April 9, 2017. "The road to Christian Brothers Academy and Monmouth University graduate Brian Kennedy being introduced as the 11th head coach in NJIT history on Friday morning began at 12:37 pm. April 1.... 'We're not naive, we knew it was happening, but it got out,' Kaplan told Gannett New Jersey Friday after Kennedy, a Rumson native and Monmouth captain in 1990, was introduced."
- "The Robertson Treatment Vol. 6.7; Queen Latifah holding court in Hollywood!", Baltimore Afro-American, March 28, 2003. Accessed December 11, 2007. "'I've always loved musicals,' admits the actress who was born Dana Owens and was raised in the East Orange, NJ area and who presently lives in Rumson, NJ."
- Johnson, Brent. "Nationally ranked tennis pro teaching at East Brunswick club", The Star-Ledger, May 19, 2010. Accessed February 14, 2011. "It's not the Swedish star's first connection to New Jersey. Lindqvist has long lived in Rumson, where her husband Bill Ryan is from. And in the 1990s, she served a stint as a women's tennis assistant coach at Princeton University."
- Rumson's patrols, alarms keep criminals at bay, Asbury Park Press by Dina Maasarani, August 19, 1998. "Police also keep a file on every home with an alarm system and, of course, know exactly where celebrities including Bruce Springsteen, Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora, and Jon Bon Jovi live."
- Kamin, Arthur Z. "State Becomes a Part of Celebrating Marconi's Achievements", The New York Times, October 23, 1994. Accessed July 19, 2012. "Meanwhile, Dr. Enrique Marcatili of Rumson, recently retired from AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel and a pioneer in optical fiber research, delivered a major address Sept. 24 in Cesena, Italy, at a conference sponsored by the Guglielmo Marconi Foundation near the University of Bologna."
- Burton, John. "Rumson Native's Second Star-Studded Film To Be Shown Locally", The Two River Times, April 27, 2012. Accessed February 19, 2013. "Rob Margolies has been behind the movie camera again. The 29-year-old Rumson native, who is a 2001 graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, is in the process of showing and negotiating distribution for his new feature film."
- "R. H. M'Carter Dies; Lawyer Since 1882; Attorney General of Jersey, '03-08, Leading Corporation Counsel. Dies in Rumson Had Hall-Mills Defense Former President of State Bar Aided Elections Inquiry in Hudson County in 1938", The New York Times, May 31, 1941. Accessed July 19, 2012. "Rumson, N. J., MAY 30 – Robert Harris McCarter, Attorney General of New Jersey, 1903–08, who at his retirement two years ago was one of the leading corporation lawyers of the metropolitan area, died this morning of a heart attack at his Rumson Road estate at the age of 82."
- "T.N. M'Carter Sr., Founded Utility". The New York Times, October 24, 1955. Accessed February 14, 2011.
- About, Van Zandt – Milmore Productions. Accessed September 27, 2015. "She is a graduate of Keansburg High School.... Jane makes her home in Beverly Hills and Rumson."
- Gallagher, Pam. "Kiss, Kiss And Makeup Saving face for the stars", Asbury Park Press, January 24, 1999. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Williamson, head of makeup for the NBC-TV comedy Jesse, starring Christina Applegate in the title role and Rumson native Jennifer Milmore as Carrie, has been the personal makeup artist to actresses Uma Thurman, Bridget Fonda and Jason Leigh."
- Thomas Jr., Landon "John A. Mulheren Jr., 54, Leading Trader in 80's, Dies", The New York Times, December 17, 2003. Accessed February 14, 2011. "John A. Mulheren Jr., a charismatic Wall Street trader during the 1980s and chief executive of one of the New York Stock Exchange's largest specialist firms, died on Monday at his home in Rumson, N.J."
- Staff. "Wolf Pack sign Ryan Murphy to PTO", OurSportsCentral.com, November 18, 2007. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Murphy, a third-year pro, had been skating for the Wolf Pack's ECHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers. In 10 games with the Checkers, the 5–11, 185-pound native of Rumson, NJ has scored one goal and added five assists for six points, with four penalty minutes."
- Hoffman, Jan. "Ex-Ballplayer's Comeback From a Near-Death Free Fall", October 19, 1999. Accessed July 28, 2007. "And so to a grand new home, hidden in Rumson, N.J."
- Staff. "Parkes, Irwin Seek Re-Election As Freeholders; Local Men to Be Candidates in September Primaries", Red Bank Register, May 29, 1941. Accessed September 27, 2015. "Freeholder James S. Parkes of Rumson and Freeholder Joseph C. Irwin of Red Bank have announced their candidacies for re-election as freeholders in the September primary election."
- Rob Petitti player profile, National Football League Players Association. Accessed July 23, 2007. "Hometown: Rumson, NJ... Rob Christopher Petitti was a two-time all-division, all-shore, all-county and all-New Jersey Group 1 selection at Rumson-Fairhaven [sic] High School in Rumson, N.J. He was a three-year starter as a two-way lineman that recorded 90 tackles over his final two prep campaigns."
- Jordan, Chris. "Charlie Puth is the Jersey Shore's newest star", Asbury Park Press, July 19, 2015. "Charlie Puth of Rumson is on the phone from Los Angeles."
- Li, Emma. "Stephen Puth Takes A Trip Down Memory Lane With 'Half Gone'", VMan, March 1, 2019. Accessed August 27, 2019. "Singer, songwriter, and musician Stephen Puth grew up in Rumson, New Jersey where he immersed himself in piano and classic rock at a young age."
- "NFL official Jim Quirk proud of his Long Branch roots", Atlanticville, June 28, 2001, backed up by the Internet Archive as of January 29, 2006. Accessed December 5, 2017. "Jim Quirk is one such person. A National Football League umpire since 1988, Quirk looks back on his beginnings at Long Branch with reverence, and remains thankful for the experiences he had as a member of the Green Wave's program.... He and his wife now reside in Rumson and have three grown children."
- via United Press International. "'Amazing Randi' To Spend Hour Sealed In Ice", The Hour, August 28, 1974. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Randi says he already holds the world's record for such a feat – having spent 40 minutes inside a similar structure in 1960. 'Its just another job,' he said from his Rumson, N.J., home Monday night."
- Higginbotham, Adam. "The Unbelievable Skepticism of the Amazing Randi", The New York Times, November 7, 2014. Accessed November 14, 2015. "He bought a small house in Rumson, N.J., and installed a sign outside that announced randi – charlatan. He lived there alone, with a pair of talking birds and a kinkajou named Sam."
- Staff. "Leah Ray Werblin, Singer, 82", The New York Times, June 4, 1999. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Leah Ray Werblin, a vocalist in the Big Band era and later, with her husband, the owner of the Elberon Farm in thoroughbred racing, died in her sleep May 27 at her home in Rumson, N.J."
- Cotter, Kelly-Jane. "A Daughter's Devotion", Asbury Park Press, June 15, 2008. Accessed July 7, 2008. "Nelson lived with his parents in Ridgewood but the family rented rooms in a house in Rumson during the summer. Riddle enjoyed the teen music scene in Rumson so much that he asked to spend his last year of high school in the borough. He and his mother stayed in the rental, and his father visited on weekends."
- Staff. "Bill Robinson, 88, of Rumson", Asbury Park Press, April 10, 2007. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Bill Robinson 88 of Rumson, editor, author and sailor, died in his sleep, Tuesday, April 3, at Navesink Harbor, Red Bank."
- via Associated Press, "Springsteen scraps Halloween display", Kentucky New Era, October 30, 2008. Accessed February 14, 2011. "The 59-year-old rocker and his wife say too many visitors to their Rumson neighborhood raised concerns for the safety of children and parents."
- Beckerman, Jim. "A Fuzzy Nightmare, Brought to Screen", The Record (Bergen County), April 7, 1996. Accessed February 14, 2011. "We were literally rolling a 20-foot peach, says Selick, a Rumson native..."
- Cummings, Sandra. "A Doctor on the Run", The New York Times, September 16, 1979. Accessed December 6, 2012. "At first, Dr. Sheehan ran on the tenth-of-a-mile track built in the backyad of his Rumson home because, he said, 'my family didn't want me running around in my underwear.'"
- Reinink, Amy. "Many celebrities seek respite from Hollywood's hoopla", Gainesville Sun, March 2, 2007. Accessed January 28, 2018. "Bruce Springsteen made a name for himself singing about the downtrodden working man in the swamps of Jersey, and still lives in Rumson, N.J., in the county where he was born."
- Staff. "Talking Family and Football with NFL Network's Melissa Stark", Living in Media, November 7, 2013. Accessed September 27, 2015. "First, a Sunday morning show on NFL Network from 7 to 9 am, Rumson's own Melissa Stark is on the forefront of delivering that NFL news to the nation.... LIM: When did you move to Monmouth County? MS: We moved here to Rumson in the summer of 2001."
- Nash, Margo. "Jersey Footlights", The New York Times, March 24, 2002. Accessed August 29, 2018. "The rubbery reptiles powered by compressors roll their eyes, snort and move ever so slightly. After a day of painting near a stegosaurus snorting 'nneerrr,' every minute or so, Mr. Steadman said, he got in the habit of snorting himself, even after returning to his home in Rumson."
- Edelson, Stephen. "Winter Olympics: Monmouth County native Meghan Tierney headed to South Korea", Asbury Park Press, January 25, 2018. Accessed January 28, 2018. "Meghan Tierney was the young American girl competing in the rough-and-tumble world of international snowboard cross, challenging the top female snowboarders on the planet on icy turns and big-air jumps at harrowing speeds down the most treacherous courses.... Now Tierney, who grew up in Rumson and Little Silver, joins teammates like silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis, her idol and former instructor, who was teaching her jumps at an early age, on the biggest stage in winter sports."
- Pressler, Jessica. "What Does It Take for a Female Tycoon to Get Noticed Around Here?", New York, April 18, 2011. Accessed April 2, 2015. "'She loves me so much,' Tilton says with a sigh a few days later, sitting in the kitchen of her large, Italianate mansion in Rumson, New Jersey."
- Thomas Jr., Robert McG. "Sonny Werblin, an Impresario of New York's Sports Extravaganza, Is Dead at 81", The New York Times, November 23, 1991. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Mr. Werblin, who had homes in New York, Miami and Rumson, N.J., died of a heart attack, his wife said yesterday."
- via Associated Press. "New Jersey / Zazzali Becomes State's Top Judge", The Press of Atlantic City, October 27, 2006. Accessed March 10, 2011. "Zazzali, a Democrat from Rumson, replaces Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz, who retired Wednesday – the day before her 70th birthday, the mandatory age for retirement from the post."
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