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South Jersey

July 26, 1998

A chance to show our colors

It's time to pour on the manpower in the fight to get South Jersey's battleship back.

The USS New Jersey Battleship Commission is coming to Camden this week to view the most logical site for the historic warship. Sen. John Matheussen, R-Gloucester, Camden Mayor Milton Milan and Camden County Freeholder Patricia Jones want you to be there.

Around 11:15 a.m. Friday, commission members will pass by the Aquarium on their way to the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) building for a presentation. The Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey has invited the public to a rally outside the Aquarium then.

If you want the ship in Camden, make plans to be there.

South Jerseyans pulling for the ship have said it belongs on the Delaware River since it was built in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Many veterans who served on the ship and many of its builders still live in the area. The Courier-Post has collected about 1,500 coupons from readers urging the commission to choose Camden.

Camden is competing with Bayonne and Jersey City to become the battleship's permanent site. The commission expects to make a recommendation in approximately three weeks. Determination will be made by the governor and the Legislature.

Gov. Whitman has said she will go along with whatever the commission recommends.

It's important for the commission to see South Jersey strongly supports bringing the USS New Jersey to Camden.

Since the commission was created in 1980, Bayonne and Jersey City have monopolized its attention. At the commission's last meeting on July 8, cheering sections from both cities loudly supported their representatives. Few South Jerseyans were there.

If you want the battleship on the Camden Waterfront, across from Penn's Landing, come to the rally. Cheer our team on.



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