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Robert A. Roe Highway Designation may be Rescinded
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Section of Route 23 would have honored former NJ Congressman

February 15, 2008 (rt23 news) - TRENTON - Governor Jon S. Corzine today issued the following statement after receiving a recent letter from former Congressman Robert A. Roe regarding naming a section of Route 23 in his honor:

"I join countless New Jersey residents in my appreciation of the decades of service Congressman Roe dedicated to our state and the nation. From his military service in World War II to nearly a quarter century in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Roe selflessly focused his career on making New Jersey a better place. As chairman of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, Congressman Roe made it possible for our state to secure billions of dollars in federal funding that enabled the development of a world-class transportation infrastructure. This is a legacy that will endure for generations."

"I know that Congressman Roe, as a caring and compassionate individual, deeply regrets his responsibility for a tragic automobile accident 15 years ago. As such, he has asked that the recognition passed by the Legislature and signed into law - the renaming of a section of Route 23 in his honor - be rescinded. Recognizing his wishes and the pain of the victims, I will do my part to comply with his request."

Full text of Congressman Roe’s letter follows.

Dear Governor Corzine:

Fifteen years ago I caused an automobile accident which injured two people. The accident was my fault and I took full responsibility. I assiduously performed all the penalties and Court requirements, and did my very best to at least in some way try to make amends to the family.

The thoughts and consequences caused to the family of this accident has never left my mind over these years.

I deeply regret the trauma I caused them and will never forgive myself for causing this accident affecting their health and happiness.

The Legislature as you know have passed Legislation that would rename Route 23 in my name for a lifetime of service to the people of out State. I am particularly appreciative and grateful for their thoughtful consideration.

The family involved in the accident are vehemently opposed to this Legislation and I understand and respect their views.

Under these circumstances and in an effort to bring some closure to this trauma, I will respectfully request the Legislature to rescind this Legislation.

I fervently hope and pray that their family will find in their heart to extend some degree of forgiveness.

Thank you so much for your consideration.


Robert A. Roe

Congressman Emeritus

Posted by: Staff at
February 15, 2008

Robert A. Roe Highway Designation may be Rescinded

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