Keeping New Jersey’s Military Installations Open and Viable

The New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force this summer released its final report, which puts forth a path for securing the long-term growth and viability of New Jersey’s military bases and U.S. Coast Guard installations.  Together, New Jersey’s military installations and activities are the state’s largest employer, directly and indirectly supporting more than 73,000 jobs and adding $6.5 billion to the Gross Domestic Product.

“The State must take all reasonable steps to fortify our military bases, and it must take them now.  New Jersey must demonstrate with a unified voice that it is military friendly and that the retention of missions not only makes strategic sense, but also makes economic sense,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno, who serves as the Chair of the Task Force.  “This is not a Republican or Democrat issue or a red or blue issue.  It’s a red, white and blue issue on which we all can agree.  Only together can we protect the military bases that provide so much to our communities.”

The Task Force report presents a series of recommendations for the state, local governments, interested stakeholders, and impacted communities to help improve the vitality of the state’s military installations and their supporting industries and inform New Jersey’s federal representatives. A full copy of the report is available HERE.