The General Assembly on Monday supported a resolution, 74-0, honoring the invaluable contribution of the New Jersey National Guard during one of the worst weather-related disasters in nation and state history. The legislation, sponsored by Assembly Democrats Ralph Caputo, Cleopatra Tucker, Gilbert L. “Whip” Wilson, and Joseph Egan, will now be filed with the Secretary of State.
“The outstanding troops of the New Jersey National Guard are our ‘Hometown Heroes’,” said Caputo (D-Essex). “Their presence during the storm provided a great sense of security and hope for many residents across the state. We extend our most sincere thanks to their unselfishness and duty to the citizens of New Jersey.”
“The National Guard saw no duty beneath them,” said Tucker (D- Essex). “When there was a need, it was met – rescue, food distribution, or providing security. New Jersey weathered the storm largely due to the troop’s exemplary training, skill and commitment to our communities.”
“Working around the clock to save thousands of stranded New Jerseyans, whether in their homes or on flooded roads,” said Wilson (D-Camden, Gloucester). “The New Jersey National Guard is to be commended by the people of this state for their efforts and dedication.”
“The rapid response of the National Guard was invaluable to helping our residents’ survive the storm,” said Egan (D-Middlesex, Somerset). “They answered the call with exceptional coordination and management. Their continued involvement is integral in the rebuilding of our New Jersey.”
The largest numbers of troops were out in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, according to the National Guard website. The New Jersey National Guard support included providing communications; shelter and engineering; evacuation and security; high-water vehicle; high-water search and rescue; power generation; food distribution; debris removal, transportation and delivery of essential equipment and supplies. TLS.