July 10, 2015 |
Over the last year, they were on an intelligence-gathering mission. They toured military installations across New Jersey, learned about their multibillion-dollar impact on the state's economy, and met with defense and local officials to determine their needs. Then came their plan of action. Members of the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force - chaired by acting Gov. Kim Guadagno - announced a series of findings and recommendations Wednesday intended to inoculate the state's five bases from federal budget cuts.
March 12, 2015 |
The federal budget ax is unlikely to fall for two more years. But the State of New Jersey isn't waiting for the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission to cut or close its five military bases. It's hired a Washington lobbying firm - Cassidy & Associates - to assess the economic value and vulnerability of the bases and recommend ways of protecting them. The firm will be paid $16,000 a month - up to $192,000 for the year - to research Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and other installations as well as their surrounding communities, state officials said.
July 4, 2014 |
The possibility of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst's being considered for cuts or closure won't come up until 2017. But New Jersey's elected officials aren't taking any chances. They're already working to keep it here. The fiscal 2015 budget, signed Monday by Gov. Christie, includes $200,000 for the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs, a body of state officials and citizens who will fight any efforts to close the base and other military installations. The latest move follows the formation in May of a separate group, the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force - chaired by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno - to draft strategies for inoculating military sites from the budget ax. McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst has survived five rounds of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
June 23, 2014 |
WRIGHTSTOWN, N.J. - For Tom Harper and other town business leaders, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is absolutely crucial. It's the difference between making a profit and closing. Service members and civilian workers regularly pull up to the pumps at Harper's gas station, and they have their cars repaired there. They patronize restaurants, dry cleaners, and retail stores. But the town is only a microcosm of the state, where the base is the second-largest employer after New Jersey government, officials said.
December 20, 2013 |
HORSHAM Horsham redevelopment officials are eager to take ownership of the old Willow Grove military base. But their plan requires the Navy to act fast and stay on schedule - which it has struggled to do for the last eight years. The Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority (HLRA) is trying to move on the nimble timeline of the real estate market. "If a Fortune 500 company decides next month to move out of Manhattan and chooses the best place in the world, Horsham, we have to have it ready," said Michael McGee, executive director of the HLRA, which is trying to develop 862 acres of residential, retail, office, and community space at the former naval air station.
September 20, 2013
WHAT WAS the motive of the Washington Navy Yard shooter? Who gives a damn? What I want to know is: What was the motive of President William Jefferson Clinton when he passed a law banning guns from all military bases? And, for that matter, what was the motive of school administrators who ban guns from all elementary schools and colleges?What was the motive of law officers and judges who allow dangerous, mentally ill menaces to roam free after receiving only slap-on-the-wrist sentences?
April 9, 2013 |
BEIRUT - After weeks of rebel gains in the south, the Syrian regime launched a counteroffensive on Sunday with widespread air strikes and an operation that reclaimed a northern village on a strategically important route. At least 20 people were killed in heavy air strikes that targeted rebels trying to topple the regime in at least seven cities and regions. To underline their resolve, the government called on opposition fighters to surrender their arms and warned in cellphone text messages that the army is "coming to get you. " State television said the aim of the counteroffensive was to send a message to the opposition and its Western backers that President Bashar Assad's troops are capable and willing to battle increasingly better armed rebels on multiple fronts.
March 26, 2013
Fourteen service members were injured Saturday when a military bus and a private vehicle collided on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Burlington County. Military passengers in both the bus and the private vehicle were injured, according to a base news release. All were treated and released. The accident, which is under investigation, happened about 2 p.m. near Range 18 on Range Road. - Susan Snyder
February 27, 2013 |
JOE HAND Promotions Inc., and the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization have announced a multiyear extension of their pay-television agreement. Joe Hand Promotions, based in Feasterville, will continue to be the UFC's exclusive commercial distributor in the United States for closed circuit and pay-per-view. The extension goes until 2015. "I'm pleased that Joe Hand Promotions will continue to provide passionate, loyal sports fans with our action-packed events," UFC president Dana White said.
February 13, 2013 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Rebels captured a small military base near Aleppo on Tuesday and stormed another in the same area that protects a major airport, a day after seizing Syria's largest dam. With the back-to-back blows to President Bashar al-Assad's regime, opposition fighters appear to be regaining some momentum, expanding their northern zone of control while at the same time pushing deeper into the heart of the capital, Damascus. Rebels have been attacking Aleppo's civilian airport, which remains in regime hands, for weeks.