- The Assemblyman who represented New Jersey's Legislature when
the battleship New Jersey was recommissioned last year issued
a strong protest today against plans to put the warship back
Joseph Azzolina, R-Monmouth, a lieutenant
commander in the naval reserve, said it would be "false
economy" to retire the ship again "after the expenditure
of millions of dollars to put it into top combat condition."
He said the warship was still "urgently needed" in
the Vietnam war.
"Although we in New Jersey can be proud
of its record in three wars, the need to save her from moth-balling
is more than a matter of state pride. This is a question of national
defense and the protection of the lives of Americans fighting
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