TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez and Senator Jim Beach designating the USS New Jersey as the New Jersey State Ship cleared the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee today.
“The USS New Jersey is a true symbol of our state, and this designation is more than fitting,” said Senator Nilsa Cruz Perez. “She was built by New Jersey labor, launched from our shores, and in becoming the most decorated battleship in our nation’s history has lived up to her namesake’s fighting spirit. I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to come visit this impressive ship.”
“New Jersey has a long shipbuilding history that we should take every opportunity to celebrate,” said Senator Beach. “The USS New Jersey is an integral part of that history, and I am proud to be a part of the movement to formally recognize it as our state ship. The ship truly reflects the energy, grit, and fortitude of our residents.”
The USS New Jersey was launched in 1942 and was engaged in three wars, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, and has become one of the most decorated battleships in the naval history of the United States.
The ship now resides in Camden, New Jersey, as an educational museum, informing the public about the storied history of the ship, and providing children opportunities to learn about science, technology, the arts and mathematics. The Battleship New Jersey also offers a unique overnight experience to visitors to have a glimpse of life on the ship, where visitors sleep in the bunks used by sailors and eat meals in the mess hall.
S-2887 cleared the committee 5-0 and will head to the full Senate for further consideration.