Fort Lee, New Jersey, a borough in Bergen County, is in the northeastern corner of the state. The Borough of Fort Lee is a small suburban community covering an area of 2.5-square miles and having a population of 6,235 (2009 U.S. Census).
Fort Lee is on the peninsula between the Hackensack River and the historic Hudson River. The nearly 3-square mile borough is divided by the confluence of roads leading to the George Washington Bridge, the world’s busiest motor vehicle bridge according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The George Washington Bridge crosses the Hudson River between Fort Lee and Upper Manhattan in New York City, constituting a part of Interstate 95. Fort Lee is in the most densely populated portion of Bergen County, in the southeast, along the Hudson River.
The Fort Lee Historic Park and Visitor Center showcases the vital role Fort Lee, New Jersey played during the American Revolution. At the northern end of the 33-acre Historic Park, two overlook areas offer breathtaking views of the George Washington Bridge, the Hudson River, and the New York City skyline.
Fort Lee is known as the birthplace of America’s motion picture industry. The Fort Lee Film Commission actively raises funds to preserve films made in Fort Lee and works with filmmakers who support promotion of Fort Lee’s role as birthplace of the American film industry.
Since Bergen County is one of the last remaining counties in the nation where “blue laws” that prohibit Sunday shopping are still enforced, Fort Lee residents may purchase essentials such as food and gasoline on Sundays; nearly all other retail stores are closed. The blue laws have been in effect in Bergen County since the 1950s, and they were designed to give residents one day of rest from the traffic jams, noise pollution, and accidents that plague county roadways. Fort Lee is served by the Palisades Interstate Parkway, Route 4, Interstate 95 (the northern terminus of the New Jersey Turnpike), U.S. Route 9W and U.S. Route 1-9. Many of these roads converge at George Washington Bridge Plaza at the northern end of the borough.
Fort Lee is home to one of the busiest ambulance corps in the county, the Fort Lee Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Holy Name Medical Center in nearby Teaneck provides healthcare services to the community. The new Emergency Care Center at Holy Name Medical Center is among the most sophisticated in the region, handling minor illness and personal injuries easily.
To many Asian Americans, Fort Lee is their adopted home. Much of its population has emigrated from Korea, China, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines. The borough hosts dozens of authentic Asian restaurants.
he structure of New Jersey’s court system is among the most simple in the nation. The state has only the following types of courts: Municipal courts, Tax Court, state Superior Court, which includes the trial courts, an Appellate Division and the New Jersey Supreme Court. Fort Lee Municipal Court is held in the Council Chambers at Fort Lee Borough Hall, 309 Main Street, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. The Municipal courts in New Jersey are considered courts of limited jurisdiction, having responsibility for motor vehicle and parking tickets, minor criminal offenses and municipal ordinance offenses. Fort Lee also utilizes the trial court in Bergen County located at the Bergen County Justice Center, 10 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Both criminal and civil cases are heard at the trial court level. Typical civil cases involve contracts, personal injury, automobile accidents, employment and discrimination cases.