It may sound a bit old fashion … but, one of the most important things that a United States Congressman does … is to bring “Home” the “Bacon.”

Taxpayers have long felt overburdened, overwhelmed and overtaxed, so they like to see some of their federal tax dollars returned to the district for relevant purposes.

Today, United States Congressman Jeff Van Drew, R-NJ-2 announced his “Stronger Shores” policy campaign, which will be an ongoing coordinated effort with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the United States Coast Guard.

The major initiatives include:

  • Dredge waterways
  • Replenish beaches
  • Protect coastal communities and environment
  • Encourage economic development

Earlier this year we secured $4.1 million for dredging the mouth of the Maurice River which is critical to the economic revitalization of our Bayshore communities that had been neglected for decades," said Congressman Van Drew. "It is now time to focus on the backlog of dredging projects in our back bays and channels that are imperative to the strengthening of our coastal communities and encouraging economic growth. Phase 1 of this major initiative will consist of dredging waterways from Cape May through Atlantic City, and Phase 2 will be dredging waterways in Ocean County. It is essential that we focus our efforts on maintaining the integrity of our shores, so businesses have the security and flexibility to expand, the ability to hire workers, and provide goods and services to our coastal communities.

Congressman Van Drew was joined at Air Station Atlantic City for today's announcement by U.S. Coast Guard Delaware Bay Sector Commander Theel, Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District Lieutenant Colonel Brigannti, Chairwoman Brett Matik of the Atlantic County Economic Alliance, and President Dr. Harvey Kesselman of Stockton University.

“We also must ensure that our Coast Guard is well-equipped and able to execute their mission, whether it is patrolling our back bays, carrying out search and rescue missions, or marking our channels to prevent boating accidents," added Congressman Van Drew.

"South Jersey is home to our nation's only United States Coast Guard Training Center, which is why we tirelessly fought to secure $50 million for new barracks. Cape May must continue to be a leader in training our Coast Guard, and our campaign will ensure they receive the funding and resources necessary to be prepared for anything,” said Van Drew.

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It was no accident that Stockton University President Dr. Harvey Kesselman was on hand at today’s event.

Kesselman is serious about implementing a marine sciences program at Stockton University.

When it is done correctly, as Kesselman does with everything that he touches … this could become the “jewel” in The Stockton University “crown.”


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