Egg Harbor City is a city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 4,243, reflecting a decline of 302 (-6.6%) from the 4,545 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 38 (-0.8%) from the 4,583 counted in the 1990 Census.Egg Harbor City was founded in 1854 by German Americans from Philadelphia as a refuge for those being persecuted in the anti-immigrant violence known as the Know-Nothing movement. It remained a virtual island of German language and culture in South Jersey for more than 50 years.Egg Harbor City was incorporated as a city by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on June 14, 1858, from portions of Galloway Township and Mullica Township.
The City of Egg Harbor City is governed within the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law) under the Small Municipality Plan, which is available to communities with fewer than 12,000 residents at the time of adoption. The city is one of 15 municipalities (of the 565) statewide that use this form of government. The governing body is comprised of the mayor and the City Council, with all elected at-large in partisan elections as part of the November general election. The mayor is elected to a four-year term of office. The City Council is comprised of nine members, who are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis in a three-year cycle, with three seats coming up for election each year.
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