TOWNSHIP OF ROCKAWAY
Located in picturesque northwestern Morris County, Rockaway Township is the largest municipality in the county, spanning over 45.6 square miles. With over 20,000 residents, Rockaway Township is a family community that offers a unique combination of distinctive neighborhoods which retain a small town character, with lake communities, new housing developments and quiet, more rural residential areas.
The entire community is a rolling countryside with excellent recreational facilities. Protected open space and the environment form an important partnership with the Township’s industry and businesses.
Only 35 miles west of New York City, several major highways serve the Rockaway Township area. Interstate 80, which crosses the state from the George Washington Bridge in New York City to the Delaware Water Gap, in Pennsylvania, passes through the Township, as does U.S. Highway Route 46. Interstate Routes 280 and 287, and New Jersey State Routes 10, 15, and 23 are adjacent to the Township. Railroad transportation for people and commodities is found on the nearby ConRail, with passenger stations in the neighboring communities of Denville and Dover. Newark International Airport is only 35 minutes away.
Rockaway Township is the proud home of the United States Army – Picatinny Arsenal, and is host community for the service personnel and their families that are assigned to the post. Established in 1880 as a military powder depot, Picatinny is rich in history and has been a major employer in Morris County for over a century.
Within Rockaway Township is Rockaway Townsquare Mall, one of the largest and most modern shopping malls in New Jersey. There are six local schools (five elementary and one middle school), with two regional high schools located just outside its boundaries. The Police Department consists of 53 police officers and there are five volunteer Fire and Rescue Companies serving the area with a combined total of 150 men and women.
Rockaway Township, which celebrated its Sesquicentennial Anniversary in 1994, is not only an ideal location for business but, just as importantly, offers an ideal location for living, raising a family and enjoying life.