Seven New Jersey military bases may land on Pentagon's chopping block
(12/29/04) ROCKAWAY Military representatives and state officials are doing their part to save seven New Jersey military bases from Pentagon military cuts.
In an effort to consolidate forces and cut military spending, the federal government will be closing the doors of several bases across the country. Government officials in the state say the closure of New Jersey bases would be a big mistake. Local representatives say some facilities, such as Picatinny Arsenal, are vital to Americas overall defense posture.
State representatives say New Jersey could see an economic downturn if any of the bases are closed. The Pentagon has until May to submit a list of recommended closures to a Department of Defense panel. After reviewing the list, the president will then forward the recommendations to Congress for a decision in November.