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Sen. Beck & Rep. Smith Announce 60-Day Temporary Stay on Renting Military Housing to Civilians at NWS Earle

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Congressman Chris Smith and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) have announced that the Navy has agreed to place a 60-day temporary freeze on renting Naval Weapons Station Earle Housing to civilians.

Sen. Jennifer Beck joined Rep. Chris Smith to announce that the Navy has agreed to place a 60-day temporary freeze on renting Naval Weapons Station Earle Housing to civilians. (Google Maps)

“We have urged the Navy to reevaluate its dangerous current proposal in the context of recent terrorist events, especially and including events in New Jersey,” said Smith, who successfully fought against a similar proposal at Earle’s former Laurelwood Housing Units in 2010. “It is my sincere hope that these 60 days will be sufficient time for the Navy to better assess and fully appreciate the significant security challenges, as well as the public safety and education issues their plan creates for our region and tenuous new burdens it would place on our municipalities.”

“I’m pleased the Navy has agreed to put in place a 60 day temporary stay on renting out these units to civilians. Clearly, the Department of Defense has heard our concerns,” Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) said. “However, this is only a temporary solution and I will continue to oppose any plan allowing civilians to utilize Naval Weapons Earle housing. I don’t believe that allowing members of the general public to live on an active military weapons installation is an acceptable proposal for our region.”

Congressman Chris Smith, Senator Jennifer Beck and Colts Neck Deputy Mayor Russell Macnow recently met with Assistant Secretary of the Navy Dennis McGinn in Washington, DC to discuss their concerns with the Navy’s proposal to allow civilians to live in housing located on Naval Weapons Station Earle. They also presented concerns put forth by Freeholder Lillian Burry and a letter from Tinton Falls Board of Education President Peter Karavites. At this meeting, it was agreed that the Navy would place a 60-day temporary freeze on renting Naval Weapons Station Earle Housing to civilians. The purpose of the stay is to attempt to fill housing on the base with active duty and retired military personnel—rather than open the base to non-DoD civilians.

“While the 60 day stay on this proposal is a good start, it is not the end. Colts Neck still has serious questions regarding the viability of this proposal and the impact it will have on our municipality. We continue to have many unanswered questions and are adamantly opposed to any suggestion that civilians should be housed at Naval Weapons Station Earle” said Colts Neck Deputy Mayor Russell Macnow.

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