August 31, 2020 In The News, Media

Welcome the F-35s and they may come, Rep. Norcross says

The Press of Atlantic City
August 14, 2020

If South Jersey communities rally around efforts to base the Air Force’s new F-35 fighter jets here, the area’s advantages will give it a leg up in the national competition to be the next location the Air Force chooses, U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross said Friday.

“You don’t have encroachment problems many other places do, and you have a big place over the ocean where we can train with very little interference,” Norcross said, speaking during an online meeting with the Greater Atlantic City Chamber.

“Make sure the surrounding communities are part of whatever coalition you put together. The Air Force has seen what happens when the community is not with you,” he said, citing protests against the jets in Burlington, Vermont, when it was one of the first three bases chosen.

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