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Rep. Bill Pascrell. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Murphy signs bill naming highway after Pascrell

Rt. 19 dubbed ‘William J. Pascrell Jr. Highway’

By Nikita Biryukov, January 21 2020 10:55 am

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill naming State Route 19 after Rep. Bill Pascrell Tuesday.

“Working for the residents of the 9th District since 1997, Congressman Pascrell has led a life of honor, public service, and dedication to our state,” Murphy said. “Whether it was during his time as Mayor of Paterson, a State Assemblyman, or his current service in the halls of the U.S. House of Representatives, Bill has made us all proud. It is my honor to sign this legislation recognizing his contributions, both past, and ongoing to the 9th district, our state, and our country.”

The three-mile-long highway, which runs between Clifton and Paterson, where Pascrell’s political career began, will be designated as the William J. Pascrell Jr. Highway.

The bill, which does not provide any funds for the erection of signs showing the designation and bars public funds from being used for the purpose, passed with bipartisan support in both chambers, winning 74 votes in the Assembly and 39 in the Senate.

No lawmaker in either chamber voted against the measure.

“I want to thank Senator Nellie Pou and Assembly members Benjie Wimberly and Shavonda Sumter, Governor Murphy, and everyone involved in this measure,” Pascrell said. “I am humbled beyond words by the strong bipartisan support associating me with this gateway to Paterson.”

Pou, Wimberly and Sumter, the bill’s sponsors, represent the 35th legislative district, which includes Paterson and other towns in Pascrell’s district.

“Congressman Bill Pascrell has dedicated his entire life to serving others,” Pou said. “Paterson has had a great leader in Congressman Pascrell and he has been one of its champions for decades. The City of Paterson and all of North Jersey are better off because of his service to these communities. I am proud to call him a friend and hope he continues to serve New Jersey as he always has.”

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