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New Jersey lawmakers show support for responsible pet ownership at AKC Meet the Breeds

NEW YORK, NY – Nearly 30 New Jersey lawmakers have shown their support for responsible pet ownership by becoming Honorary Chairpersons for the American Kennel  Club Meet the Breeds® educational event on January 28 and 29, 2023, in New York City.

“We thank New Jersey legislators for demonstrating their commitment to responsible pet ownership by becoming Honorary Chairpersons for AKC Meet the Breeds,” said Sheila Goffe, Vice President, Government Relations. “Their support is vital to helping us spread the word about the importance of responsible dog ownership and protecting the rights of responsible dog owners.”

Over 80 lawmakers from the tri-state area have signed on to be Honorary Chairs for the 2023 event.

Honorary Chairs from New Jersey are as follows:

  • U.S. Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12)
  • U.S. Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr. (NJ-10)
  • Senator Bob Smith
  • Senator Shirley K. Turner
  • Senator Jon Bramnick
  • senator Joseph Cryan
  • Senator James Beach
  • Senator Vin Gopal
  • Senator Joe Pennacchio
  • Senator Teresa Ruiz
  • Senator Holly Schepisi
  • Senator Troy Singleton
  • Senator Douglas J. Steinhardt
  • Senator Samuel D. Thompson, Ph.D.
  • Senator Andrew Zwicker
  • Assemblymember Robert Auth
  • Assemblymember DeAnne C. DeFuccio
  • Assemblymember Aura Dunn
  • Assemblymember Victoria A. Flynn
  • Assemblymember Thomas P. Giblin
  • Assemblymember Angela V. McKnight
  • Assemblymember Carol Murphy
  • Assemblymember Erik Peterson
  • Assemblymember Annette Quijano
  • Assemblymember Kevin Rooney
  • Assemblymember Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D
  • Assemblymember Sterley Stanley
  • Assemblymember Mike Torrissi
  • Assemblymember Brandon Umba

This annual event gives dog lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with nearly 150 different breeds in booths individually decorated to depict each breed’s country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet, all while learning about responsible dog ownership and which breeds may be right for them.

For more information on the event visit

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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