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South Jersey

September 25, 1999

No, duh ... In North vs. South, we can't win war of numbers


Courier-Post staff


The trouble with some polls is that they point out the obvious. Such is the case with the recent Quinnipiac College survey of where to put the battleship New Jersey when it returns to the state later this year.

The poll question put to residents simply asked where the ship should be docked: Camden or Bayonne.

More people live in North Jersey than South Jersey. So, all of you deep thinkers out there, which part of the state, in your humble opinion, "won" the overall poll? Who won in North Jersey? Who won in South Jersey?

Does anybody really need the answers? If so, here they are:

In results as shocking as the sun rising in the East, Bayonne was the pick of North Jerseyans. Camden was the pick of South Jerseyans. And, since there are more people up North, Bayonne came out on top when all of the numbers were combined.

No kidding. All together now: Duh!

In a divisive issue that pits one part of the world against another, the one with the most people usually wins the poll.

Let us illustrate. In an effort to save pollsters time and money, we now reveal the results of potential future statewide polls:

--Where should the state build a massive building filled with money where residents can visit and then walk out with bags full of dough? North Jersey residents would favor North Jersey. South Jersey residents would favor South Jersey. Due to population disparity, the overall poll would favor North Jersey.

--Where should the state build a prison facility to house criminally insane, cannibalistic animal abusers? You know the answers.

Anybody see a trend?

Fortunately, the decision over where the USS New Jersey will be berthed isn't a popularity contest based on population density. The Navy will look at proposals from both Bayonne and Camden and make a decision based on what's best for the ship.

When that happens, Camden has an excellent chance and should emerge victorious, no matter what the polls say.

Fresh water, strong local support and the potential to be an exciting part of a two-city Waterfront are only a few reasons that the Navy should choose Camden.

Polls can be useful to help determine public opinion on important issues. But in a turf war, let's not be surprised when the part of the polling area that has the most people comes out on top.

No matter what the polls say, the "Big J" belongs home in Camden, where the magnificent ship was built. We're confident the Navy understands that fact.



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