PolitickerNJ.com Reports: NORCROSS ANNOUNCES $1.4 MILLION IN BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY FUNDING
NORCROSS ANNOUNCES $1.4 MILLION IN BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY FUNDING
By Fifth Legislative District | July 1st, 2013 - 4:04pm
"The Battleship New Jersey was laid down at the Philadelphia Naval Yard on September 16, 1940, just down-river of its current home. It was built mostly by South Jersey and Philadelphia workers and launched on December 7, 1942. One of the few battleships that have not been scrapped or sunk, the Battleship New Jersey has the distinction of being the most decorated battleship in our nation’s history, and the most decorated surviving warship.
Senator Norcross was part of the movement that brought the Battleship New Jersey to South Jersey, and was present to watch the ship travel through the Panama Canal. Since then, he has served on the Home Port Alliance – the group charged with the Battleship’s oversight – and has been a strong advocate for the ship. He worked closely with the state over the last year to secure the $1.4 million, which is crucial to the Battleship Museum and Memorial’s continued operations.
“This is great news for the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, and it couldn’t come at a better time,” said Philip Rowan, CEO of the Battleship. “The state’s continued support will help us meet our utilities costs, insurance, staffing, marketing and maintenance of the 887-foot long ship located on the Camden Waterfront. More to the point, it helps us educate our youth, honor our veterans and preserve the history and artifacts of the world's greatest battleship.”
“The funding is a long time coming and will help the ship carry out its mission to educate visitors from around the world on one of the country’s last remaining battleships,” Senator Norcross went on to say. “It is our duty as the ship’s stewards to make sure that it gets the resources necessary to remain open and accessible.”
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