Secaucus, New Jersey is a suburban town in Hudson County on the Hackensack River, adjoining Jersey City. The 6-square mile town was originally occupied by the Lenape Indians and was settled by the Dutch in the 1800s. The name “Secaucus” has root in the Native American dialect from a variation of words joined to mean “land of terror because of the snakes.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Secaucus was home to an estimated 15,408 residents in 2009. Located just 10 minutes from the Lincoln Tunnel, Secaucus is considered a bedroom community for New York City as 20% of Secaucus’ residents commute to New York City for employment.
Secaucus’ outlet shopping is well-known in the region. The town is an off-price mecca, drawing many bargain hunters from New York City, which is just across the Hudson River. Many factory retail outlets are scattered throughout Secaucus’s industrial section, often in warehouses or converted factories.
Secaucus is served by the New Jersey Turnpike and State Route 3. Hudson County is one of the nation’s major transportation crossroads, and an extensive network of interstate highways, state freeways, toll roads and vehicular water crossings are located within the county. Secaucus boasts many distribution centers serving Manhattan and northern New Jersey.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, 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.
The Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus provides quality healthcare services to town residents. Under new management as of December 2010, actions are being taken to restore the MeadowlandsHospital Medical Center’s services and reputation. The hospital plans immediate construction to begin in the emergency department to double its size and improve service.
Hospitals in Hudson County face significant challenges in acquiring land to expand given the lack of available land in the highly urbanized county and the high land costs. New Jersey’s ratio of primary care doctors to patients is 36 percent below the national average. A recent study by the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals (NJCTH) has warned of a shortage of doctors in New Jersey. The NJCTH also states an estimated 98,000 deaths occur annually from preventable hospital mistakes or mishaps.
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. Secaucus Municipal Court is held at the Municipal Government Center, 203 Patterson Plank Road, Secaucus, NJ 07094. 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. Secaucus also utilizes the trial court in Hudson County 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.