MORRIS PLAINS, NJ - The new access road to Central Park of Morris County has officially been named after Governor Chris Christie.
Governor Chris Christie Drive will be a one-third mile connector of Central Avenue in the county park to West Hanover Avenue, a short distance from downtown Morris Plains. The access road will provide easier access to the park and alleviate much of the traffic that now cuts through residential neighborhoods in Morris Plains, Parsippany and Morris Township to get the soccer fields, skating rinks, dog park, and other popular features of the park.
Work, on the $1.5 million project, is set to be completed by mid-2018.
Gov. Christie, who is a former Morris County Freeholder, and New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie participated in the event held on the route of the new road in Central Park, along with the freeholders, park commissioners, legislators, and mayors from Parsippany and Morris Township, among others.
“We have a dual purpose today: We are marking the start of construction of a much needed new access road to Central Park of Morris County, and at the same time, we are marking the place in our county’s history of Governor Christie – who is a Morris County resident and one-time county freeholder,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana.
Gov. Christie is one of a select group of just four persons from Morris County to serve as Governor of New Jersey, and only the second since the late 1800s. The others are George Theodore Werts (1893-1896), Philemon Dickerson (1836-37), and Mahlon Dickerson (1815-1817) – for whom the Morris County Park Commission’s Mahlon Dickerson Reservation is named.
“As a two-term elected Governor, the United States Attorney for New Jersey appointed by President George Bush, a presidential candidate, and – of course –a Morris County Freeholder, Gov. Christie has earned his place in the state and county’s history books,’’ said Freeholder Cabana. “We thank him for his service to our state, county, and nation as his second term nears an end, and wish him, the First Lady, and their family well in the future,’’
As part of the event, Governor Christie was presented with a ceremonial “Governor Chris Christie Drive’’ road sign by the freeholders and park commission.
“This is part of the reason why you want to raise your family here,’’ said Gov. Christie. “It’s places like this where you can bring your children for them to grow up in a surrounding that is as beautiful as this with the opportunities to compete and to share a special time with their family.
“That’s all a wonderful part of what it means to live in Morris County,’’ said the Governor.