On August 24th, 2005, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission delivered disappointing news for the people of Monmouth County and for our soldiers serving bravely around the world. Its decision to include Fort Monmouth on its final closure list will have serious implications for our military's research, development, and testing capabilities, and for the current support of our soldiers in the field. It will also affect our state's economy.
For several years, I have been working to strengthen Fort Monmouth's mission and ensure that it has the technical infrastructure it needs to support our troops. Immediately after the May 13, 2005, Pentagon announcement that Fort Monmouth was slated for closure, I worked with a tight-knit and bipartisan team of federal, state, and local elected leaders, employee representatives and employees, business leaders on the Fort Monmouth Patriots Alliance, and other community leaders to respond. During that time, we hosted commissioner tours, testified before the BRAC Commission, provided reams of information, held private meetings, and literally answered every question and counter-argument raised. Though we had many arguments, the main thrust of our case was that losing Fort Monmouth intellectual capital - its talented, experienced, and highly qualified employees - would disrupt to current military operations and long term transformation of the military. Some Commissioners agreed with us, but regrettably, not enough to win.
I will continue to work with our federal, state, and local community leaders to make this transition as smooth as possible. I thank you for your past support of my efforts to save Fort Monmouth. Residents have written letters to me, attended public events I hosted, and gave generously of their thoughts and advice, which I deeply appreciated. This is a loss for all of us, but working together, we can develop a plan for our community that maximizes opportunities for growth and prosperity in the years ahead. Please feel free to contact me at any time by phone (609-750-9365), by mail at the address listed on this page, or via e-mail.