Docked in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, the USS New Jersey (BB62) was launched December 7th, 1942, one year after the Pearl Harbor Attack. Sailing with the Great White Fleet commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt and serving her country in World War I as a training vessel, the USS New Jersey will finally get rewarded for all her hard work and dedication with $1.4 million in funding.
Due in part to the passing of the state budget last week, the funding for the battleship is much needed as a direct result of the years of deteriorating aid from Trenton. Initially, Chief Executive Officer Philip noted that, officials at the battleship were requesting $1.75 million to pay its utility costs as well as fun operations.
“We’ll trim the sails a bit, to use a nautical term,” he said in a statement issued by Senator Donald Norcross and published by the South Jersey Times. “This is great news for the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, and it couldn’t come at a better time. 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.”