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In New Jersey’s early history, any person who owned land free from debts, mortgages, other legal claims or liens was a “freeholder.” Those who were elected to serve were the “Chosen Freeholders.” Today, just as in 1798, the Board of Chosen Freeholders is the legislative and administrative head of county government in Morris County.
New Jersey’s 21 counties serve as a middle level of government and the municipalities. The counties deal with regional problems such as waste disposal and water supply concerns, as well as the historic responsibility of the courts, roads, general government and elections.
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