13, 1998 |
USS New Jersey Battleship resolution to return the historic ship
to South Jersey.
It seems fitting that the residents of New
Jersey should be able to tour the majestic decks of the USS New
Jersey Battleship, the most decorated warship in our nation's
history. They should be able to learn about the heritage of this
ship and its renowned battles in its 48 years of service to our
country in times of crisis.
There are some who believe the battleship
should be berthed on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River
in New York Harbor. Although we support them in their efforts
in bringing the ship back to our state, we believe that the best
location for our battleship is her home turf of South Jersey,
along the banks of the Delaware where she was built by the people
of the Delaware Valley at the shipyard in 1942.
For the past several years, we have been quietly
working in partnership with other interested parties to bring
the historic USS New Jersey back 'home' to a location along the
Delaware River in Camden and have received considerable support
for the idea.
We are confident the demographics and other
riverfront attractions in existence or planned on the Waterfront
will result in considerable tourist visits to the floating museum.
We are in the process of asking every South
Jersey municipal and county governing body to sponsor a resolution
in favor of the relocation of this South Jersey treasure to the
SEN. JOHN J. MATHEUSSEN
4th Legislative District Turnersville
MAYOR MILTON MILAN