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August 28, 1969

Retirement of warship is opposed

Courier-Post Bureau

TRENTON - 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 into mothballs.

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.

Said Azzolina:

"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 in Vietnam."



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