Sen. Matheussen honored by Rowan UniversityApril 17, 2000
Glassboro - Senator John Matheussen, R-Dist. 4, was presented Rowan
University's President's Award in recognition of the leadership role he
had in bringing the USS New Jersey to Camden. Rowan President Donald
Farish, who presented the award at Rowan?s Board of Trustees meeting
on Wednesday, April 12, commended the senator for his public service
and <+>ensuring the battleship ended up in South Jersey.<+>
For the past two years there has been a heated debate pitting South
Jersey against North Jersey in whether the battleship should be docked
in Camden or Bayonne. Sen. Matheussen found and co-chaired the Home
Port Alliance, a coalition of South Jersey business leaders and community
groups dedicated to bringing the battleship to Camden. It was the
coalition's aggressive fundraising and lobbying efforts that convinced
the U.S. Navy to have the battleship permanently moored in Camden.
<+>Sen. Matheussen accomplished what many thought was impossible,<+> said
Dr. Philip Tumminia, Rowan?s executive vice president of University
Advancement, commenting on the honor bestowed upon Matheussen.
<+>His leadership was an integral part of the success of bringing the USS
New Jersey to Camden.<+>
Plans are underway to transform the battleship into a museum and moor
it next to the New Jersey State Aquarium on Camden's waterfront.