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South Jersey

May 13, 1994

Ship was built in Philadelphia

In your editorial on the USS New Jersey, you failed to mention the battleship was actually built in Philadelphia. To me, that is just as important as just the namesake.

The main thing that a tourist attraction like the New Jersey could bring to a city such as Camden or Gloucester City would be dollars. The battleship could even top the yearly attendance of the N.J. State Aquarium at 25 percent of the cost. The amount of out-of-state attendance to the Waterfront would increase dramatically. It is also quite possible some of the work to make the New Jersey museum-ready could be done at the Navy Yard.

To think that the USS New Jersey may end up on the Hudson River instead of the Delaware (her birthplace) is not only sad, it is also ironic. Sometimes I believe that Trenton forgets that Southwestern New Jersey even exists (except at tax time). The battle for the battleship will be all uphill in a fight against the prima donnas of North Jersey.

GENE SMITH
Runnemede



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