County, state and local officials met on Saturday, August 9 at Old Bridge Waterfront Park to dedicate the newly reconstructed boardwalk in honor of James T. Phillips, a former Middlesex County Treasurer, Mayor of Old Bridge, Middlesex County Freeholder and New Jersey State Senator. The dedication took place during Salt Water Day, an annual festival held in Old Bridge.
Superstorm Sandy caused millions of dollars in damage to the waterfront park. Saturday’s event celebrated the completion of the restoration, and the installation of a bronze plaque on a boulder found along the Laurence Harbor beachfront.
The new James T. Phillips Boardwalk is ready to welcome residents to walk, jog and enjoy the spectacular views of the Raritan Bay.
In his remarks recognizing Phillips’ contributions to open space and recreation endeavors Rios said: “I thank James T. Phillips for helping to give the people of Laurence Harbor, the citizens of Old Bridge and the residents of Middlesex County access to one of the most beautiful views in the County. May this Boardwalk and this entire park be enjoyed for generations to come.”
In addition to Rios, State Senator Samuel D. Thompson, Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry and Phillips’ wife, Janet, addressed the crowd of about 150 people. Also in attendance were Middlesex County Freeholders Kenneth Armwood, Charles Kenny, H. James Polos and Blanquita B. Valenti.
Rios added that he couldn’t wait to enjoy the boardwalk himself. “I am quite confident that sometime in the near future, I’ll be down here casting a line and thinking of Jim.”