Measure Would Authorize Special Gold Star License Plates

WALL, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Whip Dave Rible, which authorizes special Gold Star Family license plates for families of servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives while on active duty for the United States, has been approved by the General Assembly and Senate.

“I am grateful for the overwhelming bipartisan support for this legislation,” said Rible. “By passing this measure, the New Jersey Legislature has demonstrated their commitment to honoring the servicemen and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”

Currently, New Jersey is one of only 3 states that do not offer Gold Star license plates to military families. Rible has personally met with members of the New Jersey chapter of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., who have expressed their desire to see this legislation enacted, and will design the license plates.

“The New Jersey Gold Star Mothers have been a driving force behind the passage of this legislation and I am pleased that they will be the ones to design the Gold Star Family license plate,” said Rible. “Gold Star license plates are a way to show recognition not only for the sacrifice paid by the military, but by their families as well.”

Under the bill, A-1958, which is sponsored by Senator Sean Kean in the Senate, a spouse, parent, brother, sister, child, legal guardian or other legal custodian, whether of the whole or half blood or by adoption will be authorized to attain a Gold Star Family license plate.

The legislation now heads to Governor Chris Christie for his signature.