TRENTON – The Transportation Committee today released bill A3704, which would designate Route 19 in Passaic County as the “Congressman William J. Pascrell, Jr. Highway” in honor of the longtime Congressman representing New Jersey’s 8th Congressional District.
Assemblywoman Elease Evans, (D-38), Paterson, who sponsored the bill, told the committee on Monday that the recognition is a sign of appreciation for all the work Pascrell has done in securing funds and moving projects along that benefit public safety and transportation.
“He’s been working tirelessly for public safety … all the things that matter for the quality of life,” she said.
However, one committee member, Assemblyman Scott Rudder, (R-8), Medford, who voted against the bill, questioned why would one want to name anything after someone who is still in office.
Evans responded that all too often, “we honor people when they’re either too sick or they passed away.”
By naming the highway now after him, Evans said Pascrell “could enjoy this moment.”
“I don’t think there’s a need to wait,” she said.
The bill states that Pascrell “has worked to modernize the state’s roads, bridges, airports, and mass transit system and has secured federal funding to reconstruct some of New Jersey’s most dangerous roads and bridges.”
Pascrell helped to acquire $4.8 billion for state highways and $2.1 billion toward New Jersey Transit.
Campaign finance reports show that Pascrell’s campaign committee, Pascrell for Congress Inc., contributed $1,000 to Evan’s 2009 Assembly campaign. She did not seek re-election this year.