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Beck Writes to State Law Enforcement & Military Officials to Halt Navy Plans to Open NWS Earle Housing to Civilians

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has sent formal correspondence to Governor Christie, Colonel Rick Fuentes of the New Jersey State Police, Brigadier General Michael Cunniff of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Director Chris Rodriguez of the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security to enlist their assistance in halting the Department of Defense’s plan to allow civilians to reside on the active Naval Weapons Station Earle base.

Sen. Jennifer Beck advanced her effort to halt the Department of Defense’s proposal to allow members of the general public to utilize NWS Earle housing. (Google Maps)

“I am opposed, in the strongest possible terms, to the Navy’s plan allowing members of the general public to utilize Naval Weapons Earle housing. The current proposal is a dangerous one, and I will fight tirelessly against it,” said Beck. “The Department of Defense must abandon this proposal and ensure our area’s safety. Our Congressman, Chris Smith, is asking for a meeting with senior Navy officials on this proposal and I formally requesting that the State of New Jersey put its resources behind the effort to block this risky proposal from seeing the light of day.”

Beck issued these letters after a follow-up meeting with Department of Defense and Naval Weapons Station Earle representatives where it was indicated to the state, county and local officials in attendance that they would be moving forward with the plan, over the objections of local stakeholders.

Beck adds in her letters to State officials, “Naval Weapons Station Earle, described by the military as ‘the Navy’s premier ordinance transshipment facility,’ is no place for civilians to have regular access to. It is an active military base whose main purpose is to supply and store ammunition for the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet. The fact that the base’s inventory is classified should give any reasonable person cause for concern.”

Click here to view a PDF of the letter from Beck.

A Senate resolution (SR-83) in opposition to the housing proposal at NWS Earle was introduced by Beck in September.

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