CAMDEN, NJ — The retiring state official who fought to bring the Battleship New Jersey to South Jersey and have it docked in Camden will see her legacy carried on with the site.
The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial's board of trustees unanimously voted to name the pier on which the highly-decorated ship has been moored for nearly two decades after Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones (D-NJ 5). It will now be known as the Patricia Egan Jones Battleship Pier.
“I cannot begin to thank the board enough for this dedication,” Egan Jones said. “The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial brings visitors to Camden while encouraging an appreciation of our nation’s history and the ship’s involvement in it. It is truly an honor to know that my name will forever be associated with this important historical site.”
Egan Jones, who announced in March that she would not seek re-election to the legislature, helped advocate for the relocation of the decommissioned USS New Jersey to the Camden waterfront in the late 1990s.
During that time, Egan Jones served on the Barrington Borough Council (1996-98) and then as a member of the Camden County Board of Freeholders (1998-2000). She was a Camden County Surrogate from 2001 until 2015, when she won election to the General Assembly.
Egan Jones was also one of the founding members of the Board of Trustees of the Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey, Inc., and has helped support the nonprofit in its efforts to preserve and operate the museum since its opening in 2001.
“As a veteran of the Battleship New Jersey, I can say firsthand that on behalf of all of the ship’s veterans, we appreciate and thank Pat Jones for all she’s done on behalf of this great ship and museum,” said Steve Sheehan, the chairman of the board of trustees and a Vietnam Veteran of the Battleship.