PARSIPPANY — It’s official. Route 53 has been renamed “Assemblyman DeCroce Memorial Highway” at a dedication held, on Tuesday, November 10 in front of Verde Restaurant.
Joining in the dedication were members of the NJ Assembly and Senate and included BettyLou DeCroce, John Bramnick,Assemblyman Jay Webber, Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, Senator Thomas Kean, Senator Orojo to name a few. Also present were Sheriff Edward Rochford and Morris County Freeholder John Cesaro.
Sheriff Edward Rochford said “This is a fitting Tribute for a person who dedicated his life to public service especially transportation issues.”
“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 Route 53, which runs through his hometown and district, named for him is truly a great honor to his legacy,” said Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce.
Alex, who devoted his life to public service, was an avid proponent of transportation issues in New Jersey, and was a former chairman of the 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 nearly five miles from U.S. Route 202 in Morris Plains, continues throught Parsippany north to Bloomfield Avenue in Denville. The route runs east of New Jersey Transit’s Morristown Line and passes under the New Jersey Transit’s Montclair-Boonton Line near the Denville Station.