Andrzejczak Bill to Create Special License Plate for "Distinguished Flying Cross" Honor Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) – An Assembly panel approved on Thursday legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrat Robert Andrzejczak to create a special license plate honoring military officers who received the “Distinguished Flying Cross” for their bravery and service in aerial combat.

Current law provides for the issuance of special plates to recipients of the Silver Star, a United States military decoration awarded for gallantry in action.

“New Jersey’s Distinguished Flying Cross recipients deserve to display proudly their military honor for all to understand the sacrifices they’ve made for us,” said Andrzejczak (D- Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland). “New Jersey is honored to recognize soldiers for their exemplary service to our country. It is no small feat to earn the Distinguished Flying Cross honor. We salute New Jersey’s recipients and all of the efforts they have made to protect freedom here and overseas.”

The bill authorizes the Chief Administrator of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to issue special license plate to recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross, a United State Military decoration awarded for heroism or extraordinary achievement in aerial combat.

The license plates authorized by this bill would hear, in addition to other markings in identification prescribed by law, a design approved by the chief administrator that includes the words “Distinguished Flying Cross” and depicts the emblem. An applicant for the special plates would be charged a fee of $15 in addition to the normal registration fee. The fee would be retained by the chief administrator to provide for the commission’s costs in producing and issuing the license plates.

The Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee unanimously approved the measure.