Senator JOSEPH PENNACCHIO
District 26 (Essex, Morris and Passaic)
Senator ANTHONY R. BUCCO
District 25 (Morris and Somerset)
Senator THOMAS H. KEAN, JR.
District 21 (Morris, Somerset and Union)
Senator STEVEN V. OROHO
District 24 (Morris, Sussex and Warren)
Designates State Highway Route 53 as “Alex DeCroce Memorial Highway.”
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act designating State Highway Route No. 53 as “Alex DeCroce Memorial Highway.”
Whereas, The Honorable Alex DeCroce, born June 10, 1936 in Morristown, New Jersey, was a life-long New Jersey resident who grew up in Morris County and attended Boonton High School and Seton Hall University; and
Whereas, As a pillar of the community in Morris County, Alex DeCroce served in numerous public offices, including the County College of Morris Board of Trustees, the Morris County Board of Elections, the Morris County Board of Taxation, the Morris County Republican Committee, the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey General Assembly; and
Whereas, Assemblyman DeCroce was sworn into the General Assembly on January 26, 1989, and, prior to his death, was the longest serving member of the General Assembly, representing the 26th Legislative District for 23 years; and
Whereas, As the Republican Leader in the General Assembly, Assemblyman DeCroce also served as the Deputy Speaker to the General Assembly, the Republican Conference Leader, the Co-Chairman to the Bipartisan Leadership Committee, and was a member of the Legislative Services Commission; and
Whereas, While in the General Assembly, Assemblyman DeCroce sponsored numerous pieces of legislation that improved the quality of life enjoyed by the citizens of this State, such as legislation to strengthen the rights of crime victims, reward special needs students, renew the State Transportation Trust Fund, and dedicate the Motor Fuel Tax for transportation infrastructure projects; and
Whereas, Following the final voting session of the 214th Legislature, Assemblyman Alex DeCroce passed away on January 9, 2012; and
Whereas, With an unwavering devotion to the people of Morris County and the State of New Jersey, it is fitting and proper for the Legislature of the State of the New Jersey to honor the memory of Assemblyman Alex DeCroce for his many contributions to the General Assembly and to the State by designating the entire length of State Highway Route No. 53 as the “Alex DeCroce Memorial Highway;” now, therefore,
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. The Commissioner of Transportation shall designate the entire length of State Highway Route No. 53 as the “Alex DeCroce Memorial Highway” and erect appropriate signs bearing this designation and dedication.
2. No State or other public funds shall be used for producing, purchasing, or erecting signs pursuant to section 1 of this act. The Commissioner of Transportation is authorized to receive gifts, grants, or other financial aid in any form from any private source for the purpose of funding the costs associated with producing, purchasing, and erecting signs pursuant to section 1 of this act.
3. This act shall take effect immediately.
This bill designates State Highway Route No. 53 as the “Alex DeCroce Memorial Highway” to honor the memory of Assemblyman Alex DeCroce. Assemblyman DeCroce was a pillar of the community in Morris County serving in numerous public offices. Assemblyman DeCroce represented the 26th Legislative District for 23 years and upon his death was the longest serving member of the General Assembly. As a leader in the General Assembly, Assemblyman DeCroce served in key leadership roles and had numerous legislative achievements, including sponsoring legislation that improved the quality of life for citizens of New Jersey. The Legislature honors the late Assemblymen DeCroce, who passed away on January 9, 2012, for his service to the General Assembly and his dedication to the people of Morris County and the State of New Jersey.