Legislation introduced by the 9th District legislative delegation that designates the week of September 17 through September 23 of each year as “Constitution Week” in order to remember and honor the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America on September 17, 1787 has been signed into law. New Jersey law now correlates with the national week as established by Congress in 1956.
New Jersey will now celebrate ‘Constitution Week’ each year under a bill sponsored by Connors, Rumpf, and Gove that was signed into law. (National Archives)
The joint resolution (AJR-72) supported by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove enjoyed bipartisan sponsorship and was passed unanimously in both houses of the State Legislature. The 9th District delegation issued the following statement on the enactment of their measure:
“In working to establish U.S. Constitution Week in New Jersey, our thoughts were first and foremost with teaching our youth the immensity in which this sacred and living document has impacted not only on our country, but on the entire world.
“Importantly, we want to extend our appreciation to the Daughters of the American Revolution which, out of patriotism and love of country, took up this cause to help ensure that there is a greater effort to tell the incredible story behind the U.S. Constitution.
“While New Jersey is facing significant challenges that require the full attention of the State Legislature, our delegation found it important that the state officially honor and celebrate the U.S. Constitution and the common values it promotes such as the preservation of liberty, justice, and opportunity, that must hold us together as a diverse and exceptional nation.
“During this week of recognition, residents can also take greater pride in the contributions of New Jersey’s signers of the U.S. Constitution, namely 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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