Assemblyman, District 23
New Jersey Legislature
Proudly Serving Hunterdon, Somerset
and Warren Counties
Route 31 Officially Recognized as
Tri-County Purple Heart Highway
The signs have been installed to reflect the official designation of Route 31 as The Tri-County Purple Heart Memorial Highway.
The Purple Heart was created by General George Washington in 1782 to recognize outstanding examples of bravery and sacrifice by the common soldier and continues to be awarded to courageous men and women for their military service.
As you travel the Tri-County Purple Heart Memorial Highway, please take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by these brave men and women to protect our safety and freedom.
Dano's Law Signed by Governor Christie
I am pleased to announce that Governor Christie has signed the bill honoring Somerset County’s beloved canine officer, Dano.
“Dano’s Law” was approved by the Governor on August 14. The law upgrades charges of harm against law enforcement canine officers to a third-degree crime. I was proud to sponsor the bill with Senator Kip Bateman.
“These service animals are every bit a law enforcement officer as their handler is,” said DiMaio (R- Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren.) “Violence and threats of violence against them is a serious crime and needs to be treated as such.”
The law is named “Dano’s Law” after canine officer Dano, who serves with Somerset County Sheriff’s Officer Tim Pino. The pair was involved in an incident several years ago where Dano was threaten during the course of a drug arrest. Under current law, the offender could only be charged with a disorderly person offense.
“I am proud to sponsor this bill is honor of Dano and all of the service animals who are an integral part of the law enforcement departments and search and rescue units throughout the state,” DiMaio said.
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