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South Jersey

March 30, 1994

Rosemary Parrillo, Mrs. Caskey and the USS New Jersey

Being an old Navy man and associated with a veterans' group, I have had contact with Mrs. Caskey for a while now, she with the Battleship Association, and I with the Sampson WW-2 Navy Veterans Inc. I told her her efforts to have the Battleship USS New Jersey brought to the Camden waterfront as a tourist attraction was commendable.

I took it upon myself to see if I could get some information to help her. After writing a few letters this is what I have found.

Joseph Azzolina, Captain USN (Ret.), and an assemblyman representing Monmouth and Middlesex Counties, is chairman of the USS New Jersey Battleship Commission. He has informed me the ship is now in mothballs at Bremerton, Wash. When the Navy releases the ship, it will be acquired and placed in Liberty State Park near the Statue of Liberty.

If we add up the score, we will find that North Jersey has the Submarine USS Ling, the Meadowlands Sports Complex, the Kennedy Arts Center, the Statue of Liberty and the Vietnam Memorial. South Jersey has an Aquarium people are losing interest in because nothing else is there.

If the Camden, Gloucester, Salem and Burlington County Boards of Freeholders got together with their assemblymen and state senators, maybe we could get the USS New Jersey for the Camden waterfront. If they don't, South Jersey loses again.

JACOB RILLING
Marlton



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