27, 1998 |
to thank the thousands of South Jerseyans who have contacted
my office to lend their strong voices of support to our efforts
to see to the return of the majestic USS New Jersey battleship
to her true 'home' along the Delaware River in Camden. We are
spreading the word.
My office has received strong support from
45 (with more arriving daily) South Jersey municipalities through
their passage of a resolution drafted on this subject. I am also
in receipt of more than 1,000 petition signatures in favor of
our location. Along with state Sen. Wayne Bryant and 10 Senate
colleagues, we have introduced a resolution in Trenton asking
the Battleship Commission to consider our Delaware River site.
Our waterfront can provide more than the 500,000
annual tourists needed to bring the battleship here. A strong
supportive transportation infrastructure is already in place,
with our existing highway, ferry service and aerial tram to be
built across the Delaware. We have tremendous support from interested
parties on both sides of the river.
I would like to commend the USS New Jersey
Battleship Commission. Under the leadership of its chairman,
Assemblyman Joseph Azzolina, it has done a masterful job of raising
funds and public awareness for bringing the battleship back to
our great state, and we owe its members our gratitude for these
Camden Mayor Milt Milan and I will be appearing
before the commission on July 8 to have South Jersey's voice
heard as to our pre-eminent site in Camden for the berthing of
Anyone interested in joining us in our advocacy
efforts can contact my Turnersville legislative office, Mayor
Milan's office at City Hall in Camden or Camden County Freeholder
Pat Jones' office. We are very appreciative of everyone's interest
in helping bring 'The Big J' back to her true place of birth.
SEN. JOHN J. MATHEUSSEN