Piscataway Township: Big Town, Big History, Big 10 Football

In This Series, the Middlesex Chamber and Convention & Visitors Bureau Looks at the Treasures of Each of the County’s 25 Towns

When Rutgers University joined the Big 10 Conference on July 1, 2014, it was already a powerhouse, on the national map for academics and athletics.

But for the region and for Piscataway Township, home to Rutgers’ High Point Solutions Stadium, joining the Big Ten meant an instant pipeline to the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a consortium of 15 world-class research universities, including all Big Ten members and the University of Chicago.

The alliance gives Rutgers students and faculty opportunities for meaningful scholarly collaborations as well as access to members-only databases, conferences, and library collections. It also provides an unprecedented opportunity for the Township, whose Rutgers ties are often overshadowed by New Brunswick, the region’s urban core that comprises Rutgers’ main academic and administrative activity.

In addition to Piscataway counting Rutgers’ Busch and Livingston campuses as critical anchors to the area, the northern end of the township also boasts a light industrial and corporate corridor, home to many Fortune 500 corporations including Telcordia Technologies, Colgate Palmolive Technology Center, and Johnson & Johnson Health Systems.

Incorporated in 1798, Piscataway is the fifth oldest municipality in New Jersey, first growing from Indian territory and later establishing itself as a link to the earliest settlement of the Atlantic seacoast that ultimately led to the formation of the United States. The township comprises 19.1 square miles, is 35 miles from New York City, and within 250 miles of one-quarter of the nation's total population.

Since the opening in 1960 of Interstate Highway 287, the township has proven a highly desirable location for suburban development and The township's prime location with its easy access to the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, Routes 287, 78, 22, 27, and 18 make it especially attractive to commuters and corporations alike.