Edison, New Jersey is a township in Middlesex County. Known mostly as just Edison, the township is home to nearly 100,000 people within its 30-square miles. The 2009 estimated U.S. Census reports the population of Edison as 98,996. Approximately 17.75% of Edison residents identified themselves as being Indian American. This was the highest percentage of Indian-American people of any place in the United States for that census year.
In 2009, Edison was ranked as one of “America’s 10 Best Places to Grow Up” by U.S. News and World Report. Their rankings focused on statistics showing low crime, strong schools, green spaces, and an abundance of recreational activities. Prior to that, Edison was listed as the 28th most livable small city in the United States and the 2nd in New Jersey in 2006. It ranked 23rd, out of 371 cities, in the 2006 survey of America’s Safest Cities.
With an extensive network of highways passing through the township and connecting to major northeast cities, Edison is a transportation hub. Popular state roads traverse Edison Township such as route 27, 440, U.S. Route 1 and Interstate 287, plus a five-mile section of the Interstate 95 – N.J. Turnpike Combination. This treacherous stretch connects Interstate 87 to the New York State Thruway and is the only access for tractor-trailers, making it a busy and dangerous series of interchanges.
With congestion and accident potential, Edison is certainly in need of its own trauma center. St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center is a 651-bed academic tertiary medical center and state-designated trauma center. Designated trauma centers care for severely injured patients as well as victims of accident types known to be associated with a high risk for injury including persons involved in motor vehicle crashes, falls and assaults with knives, guns, or blunt objects.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, forty-eight people were fatally injured in vehicle crashes in Middlesex County during 2009. Ten fatalities occurred as the result of vehicle accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers, and twelve pedestrians were killed as a result of vehicle accidents. When a severe personal injury or death occurs as a result of a Middlesex County vehicle accident, the victim’s family also suffers, with emotional and economic burdens that may last for years afterward.
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 Courts, and state Superior Court, which includes the trial courts, an Appellate Division, and the New Jersey Supreme Court. Edison Municipal Court is located at One Hundred Municipal Boulevard, Edison, NJ 08817. 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. The trial court in Middlesex County is located at the Middlesex County Courthouse, 56 Paterson St., New Brunswick, NJ 08903. 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.