Source: Morris Bee -
Gov. Chris Christie signed bipartisan legislation Thursday renaming Route 53 (Tabor Road) to the Alex DeCroce Memorial Highway after DeCroce, who served as Assembly Republican Leader when he died following a legislative session in January 2012.
DeCroce’s wife, District 26 Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, R-Morris, Essex and Passaic, issued the statement Jan. 6 following the General Assembly passage of the bill.
“I extend my sincerest thanks to the bill’s bi-partisan sponsors for initiating this measure. Those who knew Alex know he never sought the limelight. In fact, he would be quite uncomfortable over this because he was not one to flaunt his accomplishments. His only goal was to get the job done for the people of his district and the state. Alex was a huge supporter of transportation issues. To have Rt. 53, which runs through his hometown and district, named for him is truly a great honor to his legacy.”
DeCroce was noted an avid proponent of transportation issues in New Jersey, and was a former chairman of the Transportation Committee. He was the prime sponsor of legislation that renewed the Transportation Trust Fund. He also was a strong advocate for crime victims’ rights.
Route 53 is a state highway that spans about five miles from U.S. Route 202 in Morris Plains north to Bloomfield Avenue in Denville.