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South Jersey

June 27, 1998

Gearing up for fight

Re: '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
Freeholder Camden

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