Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Hunterdon County is located in central/western New Jersey and borders Pennsylvania. Hunterdon County is largely rural and suburban. Most communities maintain a small town charm that other New Jersey counties have lost to urban development. Indeed, the last remaining public covered bridge in New Jersey is located in Hunterdon County. Yet, Hunterdon is not a county of country bumpkins. Many towns in Hunterdon County are considered commuter towns because many residents commute to either New York City or Philadelphia; while they enjoy living in the peaceful beauty of Hunterdon County, they work in the face-paced environments of the cities. Many prominent Americans have lived in Hunterdon County including producer Merv Griffin, Governor Christie Whitman, and writer Elizabeth M. Gilbert.
Prior to European settlement, Hunterdon County was home to the Lenni Lenape Indians. In 1683, the General Free Assembly of West Jersey passed a law that no settlers could take or buy any land from the Indians without special order and authority from the government. However, by 1758, all of the land had been acquired by the government.
In 1694 the “West Jersey” government declared the area to be known as Burlington County. However, in 1712, the residents, overburdened with the expense and difficulty of traveling to courts in what is now Trenton, sought to create a new county. As a result, in 1714, the area finally became the separate county of Hunterdon, named after Governor Robert Hunter.
The first county courthouse for Hunterdon was completed in 1792 in Flemington. This courthouse burned down in 1828 and a new courthouse – now called the “Historic County Courthouse” – was built to replace it that same year. This was the site of the infamous 1935 “Lindbergh Baby” trial in which Bruno Haupton was convicted of the kidnapping and murder of the son of world-famous aviator Charles Lindbergh in what was called the “crime of the century.”
Although more serious criminal matters and civil cases are handled in the Superior Court of New Jersey at the Hunterdon County Courthouse in Flemington, each municipality has its own municipal court which handles matters such as traffic violations, parking tickets, and minor criminal and municipal ordinance offenses. McLaughlin & Nardi’s attorneys are experienced with Hunterdon County’s municipal and county courts and can help you to navigate these systems to protect and advance your legal rights.
McLaughlin & Nardi attorneys handle matters in all of Hunterdon County’s twenty-six towns: Alexandria, Clinton, Clinton Township, Flemingtom, Hampton, Lambertville, Raritan, Bethlehem, Franklin, High Bridge, Lebanon, Readington, Bloosbury, Delaware, Frenchtown, Holland, Lebanon, Stockton, Califon, East Amwell, Glen Gardner, Kingwood, Milford, Tewksbury, Union, and West Amwell.
McLaughlin & Nardi, LLC’s attorneys handle a wide range of issues arising in Hunterdon County, such as civil litigation in High Bridge, to residential and commercial real estate in Clinton, corporate and other business formations in Union, property tax appeals in Raritan, estate planning and administration in Flemington, zoning issues in Lebanon, and commercial, contract, and employment disputes in Franklin.