Metuchen is a Borough in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States, which is 8 miles (13 km) northeast of New Brunswick, 18 miles (29 km) miles southwest of Newark, 24 miles (39 km) southwest of Jersey City, and 29 miles (47 km) southwest of Manhattan, all part of the New York metropolitan area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough population was 13,574.
Metuchen was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 20, 1900, from portions of Raritan Township (now known as Edison).
Metuchen is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year. The Mayor presides at Council meetings, approves ordinances, signs contracts, and appoints officials and members of various boards and commissions. The Council adopts ordinances and resolutions and makes all policy in the Borough government. Each member is assigned as a liaison to several departments, boards and commissions with the consent of Council.