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Posted Dec. 09, 2019
On December 9, 2019, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented Passaic County Preakness Healthcare Center with a proclamation in recognition and celebration of their 90th anniversary.  View photos
Posted Dec. 05, 2019
New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the beginning of a pavement preservation project on I-80 in Passaic County.
Posted Dec. 05, 2019
The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Passaic County Motion Picture and Television Film Commission are excited to announce the 16th  Annual Passaic County Film Festival.
Posted Dec. 01, 2019

[UPDATE]: Please be aware that the code blue alert that was issued for Sunday December 1, 2019 is scheduled to end at 10:00 am, Tuesday December 3, 2019.

 
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The term “Freeholder” can be traced to the colonial period of American history. In New Jersey’s 1776 Constitution, the state vested the power to govern counties in an elected body of “men” who held or owned land outright with no debt or mortgages to be Chosen by their peers. The body was deemed the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Although there is no longer a requirement to own land and all citizens of legal age have the right to vote and hold office, the term Freeholder has endured. New Jersey has 21 Counties, and no two counties are exactly the same. The organization and structure of counties are tailored to fit their communities’ needs and characteristics. In Passaic County’s commission form of government, the Freeholders discharge both the legislative and executive responsibilities of government. The seven member board is headed by a Freeholder Director who is selected to serve a one-year term at the Board’s annual reorganization meeting held in January. Each Freeholder is elected at-large for a staggered 3-year term