Assemblywoman to Introduce Legislation Naming N.J. Highway After Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on November 17, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

A New Jersey legislator wants to rename parts of a highway in the president’s honor. Photo: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Drivers on New Jersey’s Route 1 could soon be driving on the “President Barack H. Obama Highway.”

On Monday, state Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-20) plans to introduce legislation to ceremonially rename parts of the busy thoroughfare in honor of the 44th president. According to Quijano, Obama will be remembered fondly by history and should be recognized.

Quijano, right, with fellow bill sponsor state Senator Joe Vitale (D-19).

Quijano, right, says Obama will be remembered as “transformational” president. Max Pizarro for Observer

“President Obama was a transformational president,” said Quijano in a statement about her resolution to rename parts of Route 1. “When our children look back on the accomplishments of this president, they will look back in reverence the same way we look back on Franklin Roosevelt. He will be the measure of what it means to be a great president, and I believe memorializing President Obama with the naming of one our most important state highways is a significant honor to bestow.”

If passed, the road will continue to be officially designated as Route 1. However, ceremonial signs will be posted along a stretch spanning 41 miles of Route 1 from Mercer County to Essex County. Those signs will be paid for with private funds, according to Quijano’s release about the resolution.

In the resolution, Quijano says Obama should be honored for the following reasons:

  • Becoming the first African-American president
  • Entering the presidency facing the Great Recession and later “stabilizing financial markets”
  • Advancing foreign and domestic policy
  • Spearheading the Affordable Care Act
  • Overseeing the military operation that “brought Osama bin Laden to justice”
  • Eliminating  “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

If enacted by the state senate and general assembly, the portion of the highway would be designated by Commissioner of Transportation. Assemblywoman to Introduce Legislation Naming N.J. Highway After Obama