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 Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton is a municipality with a borough form of government in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States, that was established in its current form on January 1, 2013, through the consolidation of the Borough of Princeton and Princeton Township. As of the 2010 United States Census, the municipality's population was 28,572, reflecting the former township's population of 16,265, along with the 12,307 in the former borough.

Princeton was founded before the American Revolution and is best known as the home of Princeton University, located in the community since 1756. Although its association with the university is primarily what makes Princeton a college town, other important institutions in the area include the Institute for Advanced Study, Westminster Choir College, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton Theological Seminary, Opinion Research Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Siemens Corporate Research, SRI International, FMC Corporation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Amrep, Church and Dwight, Berlitz International, and Dow Jones & Company.

Princeton is roughly equidistant from New York City and Philadelphia. It is close to many major highways that serve both cities (e.g. Interstate 95 and US Route 1), and receives major television and radio broadcasts from each. It is also close to Trenton, New Jersey's capital city, and Edison.

The New Jersey governor’s official residence has been in Princeton since 1945, when Morven in the borough became the first Governor's mansion. It was later replaced by the larger Drumthwacket, a colonial mansion located in the former Township. Morven became a museum property of the New Jersey Historical Society.

Princeton was ranked 15th of the top 100 towns in the United States to Live and Work In by Money Magazine in 2005.

Although residents of Princeton (Princetonians) traditionally have a strong community-wide identity, the community had been composed of two separate municipalities: a township and a borough. The central borough was completely surrounded by the township. The Borough seceded from the Township in 1894 in a dispute over school taxes; the two municipalities later formed the Princeton Public Schools, and some other public services were conducted together before they were reunited into a single Princeton in January 2013. The Borough contained Nassau Street, the main commercial street, most of the University campus, and incorporated most of the urban area until the postwar suburbanization. The Borough and Township had roughly equal populations.

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A hole is seen on the glass panel, far left, as New Jersey State Police officials walk out of a Panera Bread restaurant in Princeton, N.J., where an armed ... N.J., and formerly of Newtown Township in Bucks County, entered the Panera Bread on Nassau Street in Princeton just after 10 a.m., authorities said.
The Economic Policy Institute broke down how much it costs families to live in each county in America. By Anthony Bellano, Patch Staff | Mar 21, 2018 1:38 pm ET. 0. Here's How Much You Need To Live In Mercer County. The Economic Policy Institute recently released its 2018 family budget calculator that estimates how ...

PRINCETON, NJ — The Princeton Public Schools will have a delayed opening on Thursday due to inclement weather, the district announced Wednesday night. "While the snowfall in Princeton has been less than what was forecasted, the totals in many surrounding areas have been significant," ...
At Princeton, an honor code has been in force since 1893. ... As they ponder, Princeton's leaders should keep in mind not only the institution's reputation for high standards, but also the needs of the students they are in charge of ... Follow on Twitter @NJ_Opinion and find Opinion on Facebook.
Authorities in New Jersey have identified the armed man who was fatally shot by police after a five-hour standoff with officers at a restaurant in Princeton, New ... The attorney general's office says no one else was injured during the confrontation Tuesday at the Panera Bread restaurant across from Princeton ...

A gunman was shot and killed by police after he engaged in an hours-long standoff inside a Panera Bread restaurant in Princeton, New Jersey, across ... the armed man went into the restaurant; customers and employees fled while police secured the perimeter, the New Jersey Attorney General's office said.
PRINCETON, NJ — Schools in Princeton will be closed due to inclement weather on Wednesday, March 21. The Princeton Public School District will be closed Wednesday, March 21, according to the district's website. This closure includes both schools and offices. It includes events during the day as well ...

Police in Princeton, N.J. have closed Nassau Street between Washington Road and Witherspoon Street after a person with a gun entered the Panera ... The armed man who had been holed up in a restaurant in Princeton, New Jersey since just before 11 a.m. Tuesday is dead, according to the state Attorney ...
The best 'value' colleges in N.J.. In recent years, however, some students complained the code was enforced too strictly and students whose cases fell into a gray area were suspended, regardless of the circumstances. Justin Ziegler, a 2016 Princeton alumnus who served on the Honor Committee, said the ...
PRINCETON, NJ — A Princeton man was arrested and charged with distribution of child pornography last week, police announced. Andrew Rolls, 43, of Princeton, was arrested on charges of distribution of child pornography after Princeton detectives and detectives from Division of Criminal Justice Cyber ...
Judge's order for more affordable housing in Princeton could ripple across New Jersey ... A judge in Mercer County on Thursday ordered two affluent New Jersey towns to plan for more low- and middle-income housing within their ... 40 years later, N.J. courts, towns still wrestling with affordable housing


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