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February 3, 1999

Bayonne, Jersey City join forces to get battleship

By CAROL COMEGNO
Courier-Post staff


Officials in Bayonne and neighboring Jersey City are teaming up in an attempt to get the battleship USS New Jersey berthed on the Hudson County waterfront and keep it out of Camden.

Bayonne and Jersey City officials have scheduled a news conference for 3 p.m. today to release details of their agreement, designed to put aside competing claims on the ship and to ensure that it is berthed somewhere on the Hudson River as a museum and tourist attraction.

In September, the New Jersey Battleship Commission voted to recommend to the Navy that the ship be berthed permanently at the Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne.

The two cities agree that if the state decides the ship would fare better at Liberty State Park, it could be moved to Jersey City.

Camden officials are not only filing their own application with the Navy, but are suing the state commission, seeking to overturn its recommendation.

The USS New Jersey, currently in Bremerton, Wash., was berthed in Bayonne after World War II. It was built on the Delaware River in Philadelphia by workers from South Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Proponents of bringing the ship to Camden called the Bayonne-Jersey City agreement moot, saying only the Navy and not the state or the New Jersey Battleship Commission, has the authority to move the ship.

Rep. James Saxton, R-N.J., called the truce "whistling past the graveyard.

"It sounds like they have concluded what I did a few months ago - that Camden is the front runner in the Navy application process," said Saxton of Mount Holly. "They obviously have teamed up against the front runner, but there is no precedent for a process within the Navy to have two applicants join up and say one could be eliminated in the future."



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