Rep. Andrews confident Battleship New Jersey will stay put

A New Jersey Congressman says a piece of military history isn’t leaving Camden.

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights) says although there have been some threats to move the Battleship New Jersey to North Jersey, he doesn’t think there is any chance of that happening.

“The ship was getting lots of support from the New Jersey state government, it no longer does because of New Jersey’s fiscal crisis but we are going to find a way to make up the difference by more events being held more tourists,” said Andrews. “I’m sure we will be successful financially. Like a lot of others the ship has had some trouble but we think better days are ahead.”

Andrews denies there is an in-state civil war over the battleship.

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“I think this is everyone in New Jersey against a small amount of people who want it moved,” he said.

The title to the ship is in the name of the Home Port Alliance — the group dedicated to keeping it in Camden.

Andrews says the group can’t lose the title if it keeps the New Jersey in well, ship shape.

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