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South Jersey

June 27, 1998

Get involved

Re: '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 belongs.

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 plan.

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 reality.

MARLENE Z. ASSELTA
Southern New Jersey Development Council
Camden

USS New Jersey Home Page



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