Metuchen is administered under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government with a governing body consisting of a mayor and six-member borough council elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. The mayor is elected to a four-year term of office, and the council members are elected to serve three-year terms. Metuchen is included in the 6th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey’s 18th State Legislative District.

The Metuchen Police Department is headquartered within Borough Hall and is committed to the prevention of crime and the protection of life and property; the preservation of peace, order, and safety; the safe enforcement of laws and ordinances; and safeguarding our constitutional guarantees. They hold themselves to a high standard of professionalism and ethics, with a mission to serve all people within their jurisdiction with respect, fairness, and compassion.

The Metuchen Volunteer Fire Department was formed even before the Borough of Metuchen itself and has been “Protecting Lives and Property Since 1882.” The current firehouse is on Middlesex Avenue across from Borough Hall, but plans are underway to upgrade to a state-of-the-art facility in a new location.

Along with the Police and Fire, the Metuchen First Aid Squad serves the area’s needs. Their mission is to provide high-quality emergency medical care and ambulance transport for the residents and visitors of Metuchen. Their volunteer members have been proudly offering this free service to the community since 1948.

The Metuchen Senior Center, conveniently located in the center of the downtown, is a drop-in facility for citizens age 60 and over. A full range of services is offered, including recreation, information and referral, health screening, counseling, and income tax preparation.