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40º40N 74º15W, pop (2000e) 120 600. Seat of Union Co, NE New Jersey, USA; deepwater port on Newark Bay and Arthur Kill; connected to Staten Is, NY by the Goethals Bridge; oldest English settlement in NJ; originally named Elizabethtown (until 1740); incorporated as a city, 1855; former production centre for Singer sewing machines (1783 to 1980s); birthplace of Rick Barry, Judy Blume, William Halsey, Edward L Stratemeyer; university; important rail and shipping centre; oil-refining, steelworking, shipbuilding.

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