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Middletown Township is a township in Monmouth County, New Jersey.  As of the United States 2000 Census had a total population of 66,327, and a total area of 59.3 square miles, of which 18.2 square miles (30.72%) of it is water.

Middletown is one of the oldest sites of European settlement in New Jersey.  Middletown Township was originally formed in 1693, and was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature in 1798.

Portions of the township were taken to form Atlantic Township (1847, now Colts Neck Township), Raritan Township (1848, now Hazlet Township), Atlantic Highlands (1887), Highlands (1900) and Keansburg (1917).

In 2006, 2008, and 2010, Middletown was voted in the Top 100 in CNN Money's Best Places to Live.  Middletown is part of the Bayshore Regional Strategic Plan, an effort by nine municipalities in northern Monmouth County to reinvigorate the area's economy by emphasizing the traditional downtowns, dense residential neighborhoods, maritime history, and the natural beauty of the Raritan Bayshore coastline.

Distinguished as one of the county's largest municipalities, Middletown sprawls over 41 square miles.  Middletown has matured into a dynamic community that includes access to the Navesink River and Raritan Bay.  Fourteen distinct villages and five charming historic districts combine with quaint wooded retreats, excellent schools, and a New Jersey Transit Rail station to offer a rare quality of life.

Belford (2000 Census population of 1,340), Fairview (3,942), Leonardo (2,823), Lincroft (6,255), Navesink (1,962), North Middletown (3,165) and Port Monmouth (3,742) are all Census-designated places and unincorporated areas located within Middletown Township.  Other areas that are part of the township are New Monmouth and Sandy Hook.

The Sandy Hook peninsula is not connected to the rest of the Township, rendering it geographically not contiguous. However, as the entirety of the non-contiguous section of the Township is occupied by the Gateway National Recreation Area (a national park), where there are no residents, this lack of contiguity is essentially inconsequential.

Poricy Creek (Poricy Park, Oak Hill Road) is locally well-known for its deposits of Cretaceous marine fossils, including belemnites.

Being a large township, Middletown also boasts some of the largest emergency services in the area. The police and fire departments celebrated a joint 75th Anniversary in 2003.

A popular landmark in the community is the "Evil Clown of Middletown", a towering sign along Route 35 painted to resemble a circus clown that currently advertises a liquor store.  The sign is a remnant of an old supermarket that used to be at that location called "Food Circus".  The clown and recent successful attempts from residents to save it from demolition have been featured in the pages of Weird NJ magazine, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and in the Kevin Smith-directed film Clerks II.

The Indian Trails 15K road race is held each year in April.  The race benefits the Monmouth Conservation Foundation.  There is also a 5K walk/run event for fun.

The Middletown Township Public School District consists of seventeen public schools, with a student population of about 9,000.  Schools in the district are twelve K-5 Elementary Schools — Bayview, Fairview, Harmony, Leonardo, Lincroft, Middletown Village, Navesink, New Monmouth, Nut Swamp, Ocean Avenue, Port Monmouth and River Plaza — three grade 6-8 middle schools — Bayshore, Thompson and Thorne — and two high schools for grades 9-12, Middletown High School North and Middletown High School South.  Four elementary schools feed into each of the three middle schools.

Along with public education, Middletown Township is home to two private high schools. Christian Brothers Academy is an all boys College preparatory school with a focus on Christian education run by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, located in Lincroft.  Mater Dei High School is a four-year Catholic coeducational high school located in the New Monmouth section.  Middletown also hosts a public magnet school, High Technology High School, on the property of Brookdale Community College, located in the Lincroft section of town.

There are also three private grammar schools, Saint Mary in New Monmouth, Saint Leo the Great School in Lincroft, and Oak Hill Academy in Lincroft.

New Jersey Transit's North Jersey Coast Line, which runs from New York City's Pennsylvania Station to Bay Head, New Jersey, has a rail station in Middletown.  New Jersey Transit is a major commuter rail system, with track-sharing agreements with Amtrak, Metro-North Railroad, Norfolk Southern, CSX Transportation, and Conrail Shared Assets.

NJ Transit also offers bus service, which stops many places throughout Middletown.

Exits 109 and 114 of the Garden State Parkway are located in Middletown Township. Three toll gates on the Parkway are located in Middletown. Two of them are at Exit 109 (northbound entry, southbound exit), and one at Exit 114 (northbound entry).  Routes 35 and 36 pass through Middletown.

CR 516 travels through the northern part of the township and its eastern end is at Route 36 near Leonardo.  County Route 520 passes through the southern portion of Middletown.  Route 520 eventually turns into CR 612 further west, which makes the county route a connector between Shore Points/Garden State Parkway (Exit 109 in Middletown Township) and the New Jersey Turnpike at Exit 8A in Monroe Township.

Some restaurants include--
- Neelam (Indian), 1178 Rte. 35 S., Middletown
- Sono Sushi (Sushi), 1098 Rte. 35 S., Middletown
- New Monmouth Diner (Diner), 1887 Rte. 35 S., Middletown
- Restaurant Nicholas (American), 160 Rte. 35 S., Middletown
- Crown Palace (Dim Sum), 1283 Rte. 35 S., Middletown
- Anna's Italian Kitchen (Italian), 1686 Rte. 35 S., Middletown
- Villa Pizza (Pizza), Rte. 35 & Harmony Rd, Middletown

National Register of Historic Places listings include--
- Christ Church, 92 Kings Hwy., Middletown
- Grover House, 940 W. Front St., Middletown
- Middletown Village Historic District, Both sides of Kings Highway, S and W of NJ 35, Middletown
- Seabrook-Wilson House, 119 Port Monmouth Rd., Middletown
- Water Witch Club Historic District, Bounded by NJ 36, Water Wich Dr., Sea View Terrace, Park Way, Windlass Path and Serpentine Dr., Middletown Township

Though communities of Lenape Native Americans were common throughout the area, the first known European landing in what would become Middletown Township occurred in 1609, when the English explorer Henry Hudson landed along the shores of the Sandy Hook Bay.  Hudson was in search of the mythical Northwest Passage in the service of the Dutch West India Company.

Middletown Township was established in 1664, after the English conquest of New Amsterdam, but there was unauthorized settlement before that. The long-standing tradition had Penelope Stout, one of the first settlers, hiding in a tree from hostile Native Americans.

During the American Revolution, Middletown and much of the rest of Eastern Monmouth County was held by the British.  After the Battle of Monmouth, the British retreat from Freehold Township, New Jersey carried them down King's Highway in Middletown to their embarkation points in the bay.

Upon the completion of a railroad junction in 1875, the town grew more rapidly, eventually changing from a group of small and loosely connected fishing and agricultural villages into a wealthy and alarmingly fast-growing suburb at the turn of the 20th century.  If Middletown ever had a recognizable town center or town square, it was lost in that rapid growth soon after World War II.

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