Assembly Republican Press Release -
An Assembly resolution sponsored by Assemblymen Chris J. Brown and Anthony M. Bucco urging Congress to exclude the Joint McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst base and Picatinny Arsenal from future defense budget cuts was released by the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee today. The U.S. Department Defense (DOD) has indicated that the Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRACC) will evaluate and potentially close military bases in 2017.
“The McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst base supplies critical equipment and support that assist our military in defense of our country said Brown, R-Burlington, Atlantic and Camden. “New Jersey has already suffered the effects of a base closing when Ft. Monmouth closed in 2011. This base is a critical component of commerce of the South Jersey economy.
“Thousands of military and civilian jobs were lost and there is no doubt that region was hurt. Local businesses closed and people had to choose between moving to an out-of-state base or finding another job. New Jersey has already paid the price in earning its stripes.”
McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst employs more than 44,000 and contributes approximately $6.9 billion into the region’s economy. Picatinny Arsenal is one of the largest employers in Morris County, with over 3,900 civilians, nearly 100 military personnel and approximately 1,035 contractors.
“The weapons research and development taking place at Picatinny Arsenal are vital to our country’s military defense,” said Bucco, R-Morris and Somerset. “The cutting-edge technology and logistical support Picatinny supplies to our service men and women are invaluable. Many of the weapons developed at Picatinny are in the hands of our military personnel overseas fighting the war on terror. Our region would be devastated by the base’s closing or reduction in budget.”