An enlightening tour of Washington, NJ

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There are 564 officially recognized municipalities in the state of New Jersey. (Yes, we had 565, until Pine Valley merged with Pine Hill in January 2022.)

Of those 564, not one, not two, not three or four or five, but six – more than one percent – bear the name “Washington”. Amazing.

Do not mistake yourself. Our first president was certainly a critical figure in America’s history. And he’s done some momentous things here in New Jersey.

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But do we really need five Washington townships and one Washington borough in our small state? That’s not even including a 7th city where voters decided to change their name several years ago. And that’s not even including a handful of unincorporated places that also bear the name. What confusion!

That’s why our newsroom will always mention a county when referring to “Washington Township” in an article. And sadly, you’ll never hear us give a current temperature for Washington, because the public won’t know which one we’re talking about.

Of course, New Jersey city governments aren’t known for their naming creativity. We also have five places named Franklin, and three each named Greenwich and Hopewell.

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Let’s take a little “virtual tour” of the different Washingtons in New Jersey. Despite the name confusion, you’ll find a delightful variety of Garden State landscapes, geographies, and demographics.

An enlightening tour of Washington, NJ…all six!

Dan Zarrow is chief meteorologist for Townsquare Media New Jersey and won his school’s Geography Bee in 4th and 5th grade. He loves New Jersey, and the weather too – follow him on Facebook or Twitter for the latest news and updates.

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