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South Jersey

May 13, 1998

Bring ship home

Re: 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 Delaware River.

SEN. JOHN J. MATHEUSSEN
4th Legislative District Turnersville

MAYOR MILTON MILAN
Camden



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