up for fight
'Can't let Bayonne net battleship New Jersey,' (editorial, 6/24).
The time for just talking about why the New
Jersey belongs in the Delaware Valley on the Camden Waterfront
is over. Now is the time to prove it without question, and we
are going to do just that, both economically and historically.
To that end, Mayor Milton Milan, Sen. John
Matheussen and I held a meeting this week with representatives
of a variety of agencies and organizations that can make the
New Jersey happen for us. Working together, we indeed will prove
what the C-P has been saying for a long time and with which we
agree: that the home for the USS New Jersey battleship is the
Delaware Valley on the Camden Waterfront.
The agencies taking an active role are the
Camden County Improvement Authority, the South Jersey Port Corporation,
the Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs, Coopers Ferry Development
Corporation and the Philadelphia Office of Tourism.
Area residents have, for many months now,
through civic groups and veterans organizations, been quietly
gathering signatures to submit to the Battleship Commission to
urge the Camden Waterfront site. Sen. Matheussen has noted that
individuals have supplied his office with numerous items of memorabilia
and other battleship-related items. Many of our area residents,
their friends or relatives served on the ship or helped build
it. We are looking to them to get involved as well.
We thank the C-P for its interest in bringing
the New Jersey home to the Camden Waterfront. Because of your
work, veterans' organizations, citizens and organized labor are
joining the region's effort to bring the battleship home. I urge
everyone to continue to reach out to the mayor, the senator and
myself to get involved.
PATRICIA EGAN JONES
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