The concept of "home rule," which means that county and municipal governments have extensive authority over issues that in other areas are reserved to state agencies, is particularly strong in Hunterdon. The corollary is that local participation is high, with spirited elections and packed audiences for the regular meetings of township\boro government and planning boards. Citizens are deeply involved in committees dedicated to historic preservation, environmental protection, recreation, and many ad hoc matters. It’s easy to get involved, and many people who move here and fall in love with the rural nature of the area quickly do so.
It’s also reassuring to find that you’re likely to run into a County Freeholder, State Assemblyman, State Senator or your local Mayor at the shopping mall, a Little League game or the local Rotary Club or Chamber of Commerce meeting — and they’re not there just because it’s an election year.