The General Assembly passed legislation sponsored and supported by the 9th District legislative delegation that would designate the week of September 17 through September 23 of each year as “Constitution Week” to remember and honor the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America on September 17, 1787. This would correlate with the national week as established by Congress in 1956.
The General Assembly passed legislation sponsored and supported by the 9th District legislative delegation that would designate the week of September 17 through September 23 of each year as ‘Constitution Week.’ (National Archives)
The joint resolution (AJR-72) is supported by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove is also part of an effort to raise public awareness of the important role the Constitution plays in the lives of American citizens.
The 9th District delegation issued the following statement subsequent to the successful Assembly vote:
“The signing of the U.S. Constitution marks an incredibly important event not only for our country, but for the world.
“The brilliance of the Founding Fathers in establishing a government that exists to serve its citizens is something that should be more widely celebrated, including in our classrooms. Future generations must understand the absolutely critical role the Constitution plays in protecting and preserving our freedoms and very way of life that has given rise to American exceptionalism.
“It’s important to note that designating the week of September 17 through the 23rd is an ongoing initiative of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This is among the prominent initiatives that this patriotic organization has undertaken as part of its continuing commitment to preserve American’s history.”
The New Jersey signers of the Constitution were: William Livingston, David Brearly, Jonathan Dayton, and William Paterson.
Assemblywoman Gove is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and taught American History and Government at Southern Regional High School for 32 years.
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