Congressmen Kim and Norcross Pass Amendment to Prioritize Road Safety Projects at Joint Base

June 21, 2019
Press Release

Congressmen Kim and Norcross Pass Amendment to
Prioritize Road Safety Projects at Joint Base

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed an amendment authored by Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) and Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) to improve road safety at military facilities such as Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

“Simply put, if our servicemen and women can’t safely drive, they can’t safely train. And that puts our military at a distinct disadvantage,” said Congressman Kim. “This amendment shows that Congress is committed to projects like the proposed Route 539 Interconnector. I’m proud to stand with Congressman Norcross to fight for safer roads for our neighbors and a project that would keep our Joint Base off the BRAC list for years to come.”

“Our service members should be able to efficiently and safely train – and civilians passing by bases should not face undue obstacles or hazards. That’s why we’re working to move this important overpass project forward and improve military efficacy and readiness,” said Congressmen Norcross. “I look forward to continuing to work with the New Jersey Delegation and my fellow amendment sponsor – Congressman Kim – in supporting our Joint Base.”

The amendment would direct the Department of Defense to address road safety issues at and around its facilities. Plagued by frequent accidents, funding for projects such as the Route 539 Interconnector would improve safety for our servicemen and women and the communities surrounding the Joint Base.

The project would also improve military readiness by opening new training acres to Army Reserve units, allowing additional training missions to come to the Joint Base.

Congressman Kim is a member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), where he serves as the Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Readiness, which oversees military construction, training and the BRAC process. 

Congressman Norcross also serves on HASC, where he focuses on protecting our national security, supporting service members and veterans, and strengthening New Jersey’s Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. He also chairs HASC's Tactical Air and Land Forces (TAL) subcommittee.