Exclusion of the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base from consideration to house the new Air Force F-35A fighter jets draws quick and unified response from New Jersey's entire Congressional delegation.

Spurred by Representative Frank LoBiondo (R-2), his 11 House colleagues from both sides of the aisle, and U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (D-NJ) added their signatures to a missive to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James.

The final five under consideration, of the 18 previously reviewed, are:

  • Dannelly Field Air Guard Station, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Gowen Field AGS, Boise, Idaho
  • Jacksonville AGS Florida
  • Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Detroit
  • Truax AGS, Madison, Wisconsin.

In building the case not just for the F-35A, but for any future fleets, lawmakers underscored the Egg Harbor Township installation's strategic position, infrastructure readiness, cost efficiency, and the estimable combat record of the 177th Fighter Wing.

See the Congressional letter here.