Battleship New Jersey Struggling After Getting Dropped From State Budget

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) – As the Battleship New Jersey tries to keep its head above water financially, officials at the floating museum are asking Governor Christie to restore funding.

Berthed on the Camden waterfront, the most decorated battleship in US naval history took one across the bow in the most recent state budget.

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(Battleship New Jersey president Jim Schuck. Credit: Steve Tawa)

“We got $32,500 from the New Jersey Historical Commission — that is it,” notes museum president and CEO Jim Schuck. “That barely covers the electric bill.”

Schuck (right) says that just four years ago it got $3.4 million in state funding.

And he says that every year on the ship — which is nearly three football fields long and 11 stories high — there are fixed costs including maintenance, utilities, and insurance.

“So before we even open the doors, that’s $2.3 million right off the top,” Schuck laments.

The museum is moving full speed ahead on an e-mail and letter-writing campaign to Governor Chris Christie, urging him to restore funding.

“We’re going through tough times as a country,” Schuck says.  “I’m not sure who said it, but in order to look to your future, sometimes you have to look back.  That’s what this ship does, every day.”

The New Jersey, which was built at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and launched in 1942, opened as a museum in 2001.

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • phil

    cut salaries from the cabinet in new jersey. the battleship is part of history.

  • VietVet

    With today’s technology, wouldn’t a virtual guided tour of our great museums and historical sites be possible? Still recieve donations for each tour taken, but avoid the problems – e.g. the woman who tried to sue after injuring herself on some stairs on the New Jersey back in 2008. More people could vacation without leaving home. Saves gas too!

  • NJ GUY

    Move it to cape may get it out of camden serious who the hell would want to drive there ? A battleship in camden ?????

  • willie

    Round up all the black & red neck perps who have long rap sheets & sail it out beyond the 12 mile limit & sink the MF’r.

  • Frank Lock

    Want to increase revenue for the USS New Jersey? Move it out of run-down, crime ridden Camden! How about Atlantic City, Seaside Heights,Asbury Park..or if direct exposure to the ocean is an issue…somewhere on the Navesink or Raritan rivers. CAMDEN is the last place I want to go…even to a concert at the Susquenna Center…

  • anon513

    I hope the funding comes through for the USS NJ. My Father (R.I.P.) was a Master Electrician and he worked on that ship back in the 70s when it was at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. It’s a wonderful source of History for everyone as a museum.

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