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April 19, 1998

Battleship New Jersey should berth in Camden

The battleship New Jersey would be better appreciated in Camden than in Bayonne.

From World War II to Vietnam, the venerable USS New Jersey proved itself. But that distinguished service may be child's play next to the fight ahead over where to dock it when it comes home.

We side with those who want the New Jersey docked off Camden's Waterfront and that's not just because we live here.

Men and women built the mighty New Jersey in 1942 at the Philadelphia Naval Yard. One year to the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the 57,000-ton war horse was launched into the Delaware River and went on to become the Navy's most decorated battleship.

It will cost an estimated $1.2 million to tow the ship here from its mooring in Washington state and another $6 million to restore it as a museum.

Originally, the plan was to put the New Jersey off Liberty State Park but that was too expensive. Second choice was the Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne on the Hudson River.

Now, there's a third option. Camden Mayor Milt Milan and State Sen. John Matheussen, R-Gloucester, will present a proposal to Trenton to have the New Jersey docked at Camden.

'You're not bringing the ship home if you put it in the Hudson,' said Matheussen.

The North Jersey faction says being docked close to New York City will ensure large crowds.

That's just plain stupid. Nobody's going to leave Big Apple attractions to go to Bayonne, even if they could find it.

Besides, adds U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli, who's smart enough to throw in with the South, New York already has the USS Intrepid, a grand old carrier now serving as a museum.

'It's going to Bayonne,' said a defiant Assemblyman Joseph Azzolina, R-Monmouth, who chairs the USS New Jersey Battleship Commission. It has raised about $3 million from residents of the North and South to restore and tow the ship.

'Its home is in the Delaware,' insists Assemblyman Gerald Luongo, R-Gloucester. 'It wasn't built in the Brooklyn Naval Yard. It was built here by the people who lived here.'

We think the New Jersey will be a great addition to the renaissance occurring on the Camden Waterfront.

It will fit in nicely with the historic attractions in Philadelphia and existing and planned entertainment facilities in Camden, either one of which can draw more tourists than Bayonne. Where is that, anyway?

Given the passion of North/South squabbles, this may be the New Jersey's greatest battle yet.

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