HAMILTON, NJ -- A more than 8.5 mile stretch of the westbound side of Route 195 has been named after former state Senator Francis McManimon. On Thursday, Mercer County elected officials gathered to celebrate the designation of the roadway as "Francis J. McManimon Highway."
Assemblyman Dan Benson led the ceremony in his office during which a sign memorializing the honor was presented to McManimon and his family.
"Francis McManimon, or "Franny", is widely loved and respected by residents of all political persuasions. The McManimon family has left an indelible imprint on Mercer County and the State of New Jersey. A Democratic leader in our State and in the Mercer County region, Franny was and continues to be an inspiration to me as a legislator," Benson (D-Hamilton) said. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to formally recognize his work."
"As an Assembly member and a Senator, he worked tirelessly for the residents of Mercer County," said Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton), who also sponsored the law. "Naming this part of 195, which runs through his home county, is a fitting tribute to his career and public service."
McManimon served as state assemblyman from 1972 to 1982 and as state senator representing the 14th District from 1982 to 1992. He was born in the city of Trenton and was a life-long Hamilton resident before retiring to Long Beach Island, where he currently resides. He was active in various community organizations including the Knights of Columbus, the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, National Parks and Recreation Society, and American Legion Post 313. He also served as a member of the State Juvenile Delinquency Commission, was chairman of the State Board of Recreation Examiners, and Superintendent of Parks and Recreation in the Township of Hamilton.
Joining in the sign unveiling was Senator Linda Greenstein, who now holds McManimon's former senate seat, Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello, Freeholders John Cimino and Ann Cannon and Hamilton Councilmen Anthony Carabelli Jr. and Rick Tighe.
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