'Bayonne, battleship; Imperfect together,' (column, 6/22).
I want to thank the C-P for its impressive
work highlighting the need to bring the USS New Jersey back to
its real home along the Delaware River. Kim Mulford's account
of her trip to Bayonne exemplifies all of the reasons why we
need to organize and bring this historic ship back to where it
When the top economic development project
in the entire city is a skating rink and a movie theater that
is supposed to be built a few years down the line, that tells
you that Bayonne is far behind the Camden-Philadelphia area.
Manhattan residents and tourists will not
make the trek to Bayonne, and this will not spur the kind of
economic growth that we can enjoy right here on the Camden Waterfront.
Our tourists will be able to tour the majestic decks of the USS
New Jersey, walk along Penn's Landing, visit the shops and restaurants
in Philly, stop by the Camden Aquarium, and maybe take in a show
at the E-Centre. The battleship will be an integral part of a
redevelopment package that will help the entire region.
Bayonne has indeed been very active in its
efforts to secure the battleship on its turf. We need to surpass
its enthusiasm and organization if we are to bring her back where
she was built in 1942. The C-P deserves applause for bringing
this issue to our attention, but we must now pick up the ball
and run before we lose this important piece of our redevelopment
I encourage anyone who is interested in helping
us in this most important effort to call state Sen. John Matheussen,
Camden County Freeholder Pat Jones, or me so that we can show
the Battleship Commission that we have not only the better location
and the better plan for the USS New Jersey, but also the more
enthusiastic people who are committed to making this dream a
MARLENE Z. ASSELTA
Southern New Jersey Development Council
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