FLEMINGTON, NJ - County Freeholder Matthew Holt was recognized for service on the Board of Trustees of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) at the agency’s annual meeting in Newark last week.

“It’s truly an honor to receive this recognition,” Holt said. “Thanks to the NJTPA, in Hunterdon County we’ve made great strides to improve our infrastructure and encourage economic development.”

Holt joined the NJTPA Board in 2008.

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Holt was elected to the NJTPA Board’s Executive Committee in 2009. He served as board chair in 2012 and 2013 and is currently the second vice-chair. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board’s Planning and Economic Development Committee.

“Under Freeholder Holt’s leadership, Hunterdon County has advanced nearly $3 million in safety projects and more than $23 million in local roadway and bridge projects,” said NJTPA Executive Director Mary K. Murphy in a press release.

The federally funded, county-led improvements include such projects as the replacement of the Reformatory Road Bridge in Clinton Township and the rehabilitation of the Rockafellows Mill Road Bridge in Readington and Raritan townships.

Holt has also led efforts to create the county’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, which was funded by the NJTPA and Together North Jersey.

Since joining the board, Holt has become an advocate for transportation investment and the importance of long-term federal funding. He serves on the National Association of Regional Council’s Board of Directors and was honored with the council’s Tom Bradley Leadership Award in 2013.

Somerset County Freeholder Director and NJTPA Chairman Peter Palmer joined Murphy in presenting Holt with theaward.

“Freeholder Holt has made significant contributions not just to Hunterdon County, but to the entire NJTPA region,” Murphy said.