USS New Jersey pamphlets talk about bringing the most decorated
warship in naval history home. Home for this vessel is on the
Delaware River - not on the Hudson. The USS New Jersey was built
by the people in and around South Jersey. This is its home.
As a Camden County freeholder, I am not willing
to give up on a South Jersey effort to see the USS New Jersey
berthed in Camden. I join Sen. John Matheussen, R-Gloucester,
and Camden Mayor Milt Milan in their efforts to be heard. The
Southern New Jersey Freeholders Association recently passed a
resolution to bring this ship home. I have sent letters to all
Camden County municipalities on behalf of the freeholders with
a resolution supporting the return of the USS New Jersey to the
Delaware River where it was built.
The New Jersey Battleship Commission has not
given us an opportunity to be heard. If it had done all the due
diligence required, perhaps I would be silent, but it has never
given the Camden site an opportunity. If you would like to join
this South Jersey effort, you can contact my office for copies
of petitions that are being circulated.
I applaud the work that has been done by the
New Jersey Battleship Commission, but I cannot stand by and see
this ship berthed in North Jersey when it belongs in South Jersey
where it began. We don't even have representatives on the commission.
I hope this was just an oversight and urge that South Jersey
be given spots on the commission. It must be balanced.
PATRICIA EGAN JONES
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