North Bergen, New Jersey is a 6-square mile township in Hudson County and is shaped like an inverted “L.” North Bergen has a large section stretching from north to south, and a smaller section stretching from east to west. At the southern end, North Bergen, Union City and Jersey City meet at a single point.
North Hudson is the collective name of the municipalities of Weehawken, Union City, West New York, Guttenberg and North Bergen in Hudson County. Though each municipality has an independent local government and school district, they collaborate on certain services including fire fighting, water supply, emergency medical services and vocational education.
Located just outside of Manhattan, and in the heart of northern New Jersey, North Bergen enjoys easy access to virtually all major highways in northeastern New Jersey. Route 495, Route 3 and U.S. Route 1-9 are major highways within the township’s borders, and the New Jersey Turnpike is easily accessible. In addition, the city is served by the nearby Newark Liberty International Airport. The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail provides transportation and New Jersey Transit offers bus services. Transportation options to New York City are important to North Bergen as 21% of the township’s residents are employed in New York City.
Route 495 is a 3.45-mile freeway in Hudson County, which connects the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95) in Secaucus to the Lincoln Tunnel in Weehawken, providing access to midtown Manhattan. Route 495 heads east through North Bergen and is a very busy freeway with three lanes in the eastbound direction and two lanes in the westbound direction.
The National Highway Safety Administration reports that twenty-two people were fatally injured in vehicle crashes in Hudson County during 2009. Three fatalities occurred as the result of vehicle accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers, and twelve pedestrians were killed as a result of vehicle accidents. When severe personal injury or death occurs as a result of a Hudson County vehicle accident, the victim’s family also suffers, with emotional and economic burdens that may last for years afterward.
The Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen provides healthcare services to the community. Patient safety ratings from Healthgrades reflect the quality of care at a hospital by measuring how well the hospital prevents potentially avoidable complications and adverse events following surgeries and procedures. Since an estimated 98,000 deaths occur annually from preventable hospital mistakes or mishaps, such as medical malpractice, hospitals are rated in twelve specific areas of patient safety. Palisades Medical Center did average or better than average in only six of these areas.
The North Bergen Police Department, headquartered at the Law & Public Safety Building, provides law enforcement services within the township. North Bergen is also served by the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue Department, which provides fire suppression and rescue services.
The 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. The North Bergen Municipal Court is located at 4233 Kennedy Blvd., North Bergen, NJ 07047. 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. North Bergen also utilizes the trial court in Hudson County located at the Hudson County Administration Building, 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306. 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.
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