EDISON - New Jersey lawmakers are hoping to honor a fallen U.S. Marine by renaming the Easton-Phillipsburg toll bridge on Route 22 after him.

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Bill Cahir was shot and killed by enemy fire on August 13, 2009 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 

The bipartisan effort would rename the span the "Sergeant William John Cahir Memorial Bridge."

The state Senate on Monday voted unanimously to approve the measure. An identical bill before the Assembly was voted out of committee, also Monday.

This bill will remain inoperative until substantially similar legislation is enacted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge is operated by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, a bi-state agency.