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Carteret is a borough in Middlesex County and originally created from portions of Woodbridge Township. The name was changed to Carteret as of November 7, 1922 and the borough was also called Carteret during the period from December 19, 1921, to January 16, 1922, named after Sir George Carteret, one of the first proprietors of New Jersey, and his son Philip Carteret, the first royal governor of New Jersey.

The Rahway River forms the northern boundary of Carteret, with Linden on the other side and Woodbridge Township bordering Carteret on all land-based boundaries as well as Joseph Medwick Park being a greenway of parkland along the banks of the river. Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include: Canda, Chrome, East Rahway, Lamar, Silvan Beach, South Carteret, West Carteret (the portion west of the New Jersey Turnpike) and West Chrome.

As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 22,844, reflecting an increase of 2,135 (+10.3%) from the 20,709 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,684 (+8.9%) from the 19,025 counted in the 1990 Census.[17]

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