26, 1998 |
chance to show our colors
time to pour on the manpower in the fight to get South Jersey's
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
If you want the battleship on the Camden Waterfront,
across from Penn's Landing, come to the rally. Cheer our team