Congressman Rush Holt Honored for Helping Blaze a Trail Through Lawrence and Hopewell Townships

March 11, 2015 by  
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The Lawrence Hopewell Trail honored U.S. Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District with the 2nd annual Trailblazer Award at an event last night at the D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center in Princeton. Congressman Rush Holt, who has been a key supporter of the LHT since its inception in 2002, was instrumental in securing $266,760 in federal funds to support the completion of the Pennington Connection to the trail.


“The founders of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail have worked hard for years to plan, fund, and construct this network of recreational trails open to all. The Borough of Pennington has made a real contribution to the livability of the region by linking to the LHT loop. I am pleased to have been able to help by securing federal faunds to support the completion the Pennington,” said Congressman Holt.


“In the most densely populated state in the country, we all know how special it is to have so many partners come together to make a more livable community. Like many fortunate enough to live in the area, I often walk and bike on the Lawrenceville Hopewell Trail, which adds to the quality of life of in our community,” Holt said.


“I ran for office because I believed that a representative can build confidence in our self-government by providing conscientious service so that every person knows that he or she has a voice and a stake in our country.  After nearly two decades in public life, I believe these things even more strongly.  I have been taught by the wisdom of my constituents and am as hopeful as ever about the strength of our community, constitution, and country.”


“We are very pleased to recognize Congressman Holt for his consistent support for our efforts to build a biking and walking trail through the Lawrence and Hopewell communities,” said Eleanor Horne, LHT co-president. “what else do you want to say?”
“Congressman Holt has been a terrific advocate for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail,” said Becky Taylor, LHT co-president. “Ours has been a grass-roots effort that has involved our major corporations, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Educational Testing Service, our municipal, county and state government representatives and even one rocket scientist, Congressman Holt. We have really appreciated his advocacy and look forward to  seeing him along the trail in the days ahead.


About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20+ miles bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region.  The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.  For more information, please visit




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  • For Congressman Holt, Spokesman Chris Gaston at
  • For the LHT, Co- President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or or Co- President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or