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Mayor's Welcome

We warmly welcome you to Toms River Township and are pleased you have chosen to be a part of our community.

As the eighth largest municipality in New Jersey, Toms River prides itself on its 249-year-old history that has laid the foundation for our township to become the seat of Ocean County, which is the second largest county in New Jersey.

Town Hall is the center of an attractive government complex, with the Ocean County Superior Courthouse and main branch of the county library system and downtown business district all adjacent to our municipal center.

Our ideal geography place our municipality midway between New York, Philadelphia and a short distance from Atlantic City. Since the mid 1800’s, Toms River’s rural farming, fishing and boat-building area has grown from a 2,700 populace to today’s 95,000 residents.

Toms River is not only a wonderful place to live, but also an attractive place to visit, with miles of Atlantic Ocean on Toms River’s Ortley and Normandy beaches. Aside from oceanfront fun, Toms River’s Silverton section and Toms River itself spill into the Barnegat Bay, making our township a fine boating and fishing haven with marinas and inlets to satisfy the avid fisherman and boater.

Along with waterfront activities, our municipally owned 18-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks and numerous playgrounds, parks, sport fields and recreational facilities make our township one-of-a-kind.

Our Senior Center has a staff dedicated to providing a full complement of activities and events for active residents over the age of 60. Our Youth Center offers a selection of summer camps for children, as well as a variety of outdoor community events.

While providing residents and visitors with entertaining opportunities, safety is Toms River’s first priority with an outstanding police department, the largest police agency in Ocean County. The department is committed to excellence, professionalism and the use of technology to best serve the residents, visitors and businesses in Toms River Township.

If you’re already a part of our community, thank you. If you’re considering relocating your home or business to Toms River - or simply thinking about a visit -- please do. You won’t be disappointed.

As mayor, I welcome you to our town and invite you to discover the many great things Toms River has to offer.

Thomas F. Kelaher, Mayor Toms River

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