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More than 30 New Jersey lawmakers have shown their support for responsible pet ownership by signing on as Honorary Chairpersons for the AKC Meet the Breeds® educational event on February 9th.

“We thank New Jersey legislators for demonstrating their commitment to responsible pet ownership by becoming an Honorary Chairperson 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 protect the rights of responsible dog owners.”

Over 100 lawmakers from the tri-state area have signed on to be Honorary Chairs for the 2019 event.

Honorary Chairs from New Jersey are as follows:


Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro  
Assemblyman Jamel C. Holley  
Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey  
Assemblyman Jon M. Bramnick  
Assemblyman Edward H. Thomson  
Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney  
Assemblyman Erik Peterson  
Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese  
Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones  
Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle  
Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson  
Assemblyman Robert J. Karabinchak  
Assemblywoman Nancy J. Pinkin  
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker  
Assemblywoman Holly T. Schepisi  
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman  
Senator Stephen Sweeney  
Senator Nilsa I. Cruz-Pérez  
Senator Shirley K. Turner  
Senator Samuel D. Thompson, PhD  
Senator Sandra B. Cunningham  
Senator Joe Pennacchio  
Senator Michael J. Doherty  
Senator Thomas H. Kean Jr.  
Senator Troy Singleton  
Senator Anthony R. Bucco  
Senator James Beach  
Senator Bob Smith  
Senator Declan J. O’Scanlon, Jr.  
Senator M. Teresa Ruiz  


The American Kennel Club and The International Cat Association® (TICA®) have again joined forces to bring AKC Meet the Breeds®  to the public.  The event is part of The American Kennel Club & Westminster Kennel Club present Meet & Compete, which also features the 6th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster brought to you by Purina® Pro Plan®. One daytime ticket will grant event-goers access to both AKC Meet the Breeds® and the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster.  Attendees will be able to interact with almost 200 breeds of dogs and cats in elaborately decorated booths depicting elements from the breed’s history, and learn about the breed straight from the experts. AKC Meet the Breeds®  will take place in Piers 92 & 94 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.