WALL, NJ - Legislation (S-2073/A-2938) to name the bridge on Route 36 over the Shrewsbury River in memory of the late Assemblyman Joseph Azzolina was passed by the General Assembly yesterday. The measure is sponsored by Monmouth County legislators Jennifer Beck (R-12), Sean Kean (R-11), and Joe Kyrillos (R-13) in the Senate; and Mary Pat Angelini (R-11), Declan O’Scanlon (R-12), and David Rible (R-11) in the Assembly. The bill was previously approved by the Senate and now awaits the Governor’s signature.

Azzolina, a veteran of the United States Navy, served in both the General Assembly and the Senate and was a successful and respected businessman in the local community.

Senator Kyrillos was a friend and long-time legislative colleague of Captain Azzolina, with both representing the same district for many years.

“Joe loved New Jersey and America and it is only appropriate that we honor his memory and life-time dedication to our State with this legislation,” Kyrillos stated. “Though his work and devotion speak for themselves, designating the bridge in his name will be a constant reminder of all he did to better both Monmouth County and New Jersey.”

Senator Beck served as Assemblyman Azzolina’s chief of staff and worked side by side with him for many years.

“As my friend and mentor,” said Beck, “the Captain always exuded a love for this State and its residents. I do my best to carry that legacy with me in my position as an elected official. I am proud to have been able to be a part of this bridge dedication in his name.”

Senator Kean said he is proud to pay tribute to such a renowned and respected member of the Garden State community.

“As a Navy veteran, elected official, and businessman, Captain Azzolina did so much for his community. It is very fitting that the Rt. 36 Bridge be named in his honor.”

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini added, “Joe Azzolina deserves this memorial and so much more for all the work he did during his lifetime, both as a legislator and a member of our armed forces. He touched so many lives and now his name will always be remembered and his legacy preserved.”

“Joe Azzolina made a significant impact on the people around him,” said Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, “and left a legacy of dedication to community and service. It is a wonderful day to see him remembered with such a tribute.”

Assemblyman David Rible concluded, “I am proud to be a part of the effort to name a bridge in honor of Joe Azzolina,” said Rible. “By passing this legislation, the Legislature has shown their appreciation for the selfless dedication of a great man.”

Now that the legislation has been approved by both the Senate and Assembly, the bill heads to the Governor’s desk.