May 9, 2014
Re: Support State Effort to Preserve and Strength New Jersey’s Military and Coast Guard Facilities
Once again, negotiations on Federal spending, the debt and the deficit could place in jeopardy programs and services of vital importance. In anticipation of the possibility that this could mean another round of base closings, Governor Christie has created the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force, which will be chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno.
This morning, at American Legion Post 294 in Pemberton, the Lieutenant Governor announced that the Task Force will begin the process of developing recommendations relating to additional military missions that will “preserve, enhance, and strengthen the State’s military installations.”
“It is hard to overstate the importance of this issue to New Jersey’s future prosperity and overall quality of life,” said Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. “Enhancing the strength and sustainability of our military installations is not only a matter of protecting tens of thousands of jobs and billions in economic activity, but preserving a tremendous source of statewide pride as well. When the work of the Task Force is complete, I am confident that it will offer a plan that will make New Jersey’s military bases even stronger engines of economic growth and better positioned to meet the unique needs of a 21st century United States military.”
New Jersey’s vital defense and national security facilities include Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Picatinny Arsenal, the Naval Weapons Station Earle, the 177th Air National Guard Wing in Atlantic City, and the Cape May Coast Guard Training Center. Aside from their vital importance to our national interests, these facilities employ tens of thousands of New Jerseyans and contribute billions of dollars to our State’s economy.
The Task Force will seek to:
- Organize a Broad-Based Coalition Supportive of New Jersey’s Military Bases. By fostering a unified voice and vision among elected officials at the local, state, federal level, as well as industry leaders, veterans and concerned citizens, New Jersey will most effectively promote the tremendous work being done at the state’s military installations.
- Assist in the Economic Fortification of the State’s Military Bases. By channeling the considerable resources of the New Jersey Partnership for Action, the state will be better equipped to promote New Jersey’s strategic advantages to retain and attract missions to New Jersey’s military bases.
- Ensure Alignment of Base Missions With Department of Defense Priorities. By assisting New Jersey’s military installations in their efforts to conform to Department of Defense goals and long-term strategic planning.
The League of Municipalities is in full support of this effort. We have drafted a sample resolution, available at http://njslom.org/documents/Resolution_NJSLM_BRAC_050114.pdf. We encourage all municipalities to consider adopting this or a similar resolution. (Please forward a copy to us, if you do.)
If you have any questions, please contact Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext. 121 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your consideration.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.