Parsippany, NJ– Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) toured Picatinny Arsenal with the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Doug Bush, a bipartisan group of local elected officials and representatives of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce and the County College of Morris. She invited the group of community leaders to join her for an update from General William M. Boruff, Executive Officer of the Joint Armaments and Munitions Program and Commanding General of the Arsenal, where they discussed the critical work of Picatinny to strengthen our national defense as well as support the economy of North Jersey.
Picatinny Arsenal is the largest employer in NJ-11, with over 6,400 employees, and supports thousands more jobs in New Jersey. Arsenal contributes $1.7 billion to New Jersey’s economy. Representative Sherrill is a strong supporter of Picatinny, which recently secured funding in the 2022 finance law As good as inside the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022which will help ensure that the base remains the Army’s primary research institution for armaments and ammunition.
“I wanted to bring together this group of local leaders for an update on Picatinny’s critical work to strengthen our national defense, as well as to learn more about the many ways Arsenal supports our community and our economy right here in NJ- 11”, said Representative Sherrill. “It was exciting to hear how local engineering companies in cities like Rockaway and Denville are contributing to the innovative work of Picatinny, to see locally made products like hand-sewn parachutes integrated into new technologies, and to meet local business representatives in Pequannock and Wayne who are supporting construction of the state-of-the-art explosive ordnance disposal facility. As we begin the process for the National Defense Authorization Act of 2023, I will continue to advocate to ensure the base has the resources it needs,” Representative Sherrill continued. “I want to thank Assistant Secretary Bush for his support of Picatinny and General Boruff for his leadership on the base.”
Representative Sherrill invited the following local officials to join her on the visit:
- LD-25 State Senator Anthony Bucco
- Morris County Commissioner Deputy Director John Krickus
- Mayor of Jefferson Eric Wilsusen
- Joe Jackson, Mayor of Rockaway Township
- Tom Mulligan, Borough of Rockaway Mayor
- Carolyn Blackman, Mayor of Dover
- Meghan Hunscher, Morris County House Speaker
- Mike Stanzilis, Deputy Speaker of the Morris County Chamber and Mayor of Mount Arlington
- President of the County College of Morris Dr. Anthony J. Iacono
“It was a great meeting with Brigadier General William Boruff, the Picatinny team, Congresswoman Sherrill, Assistant Secretary Bush and other local leaders to discuss the financial impact of the Arsenal on our community and advanced technology that they provide to our troops”, said Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Morris). “As Morris County’s largest employer and a key contributor to our national security, we are proud to have Picatinny Arsenal in our backyard.”
“Every time I visit Picatinny Arsenal I leave impressed with the importance of the base to our country and our local economy,” said Meghan Hunscher, president of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. “The development of next-generation weapon systems is critical to our national security and as one of the county’s largest employers that also supports countless local businesses, Picatinny is a vital economic engine for Morris County. . We greatly appreciate MP Sherrill’s continued grassroots support.
“Picatinny’s military arsenal is an invaluable resource for Morris County, New Jersey, and beyond. County College of Morris has been strengthened many times through partnerships with Picatinny and looks forward to continuing our relationship. We appreciate MP Sherrill’s advocacy and support to unite our efforts. Her vision and exceptional leadership are of great benefit to our organizations and the communities she represents,” said Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, president of the County College of Morris.
“The unique technical skills we see in operation at Picatinny are the same skills we are providing to students through our investments in a new vocational training center for the Morris County Vocational School District and our expansions at the County College of Morris. We are building a skilled workforce not only to keep our economy strong, but also to keep our nation safe,” said Morris County Commissioner Assistant Director John Krickus.
“First of all, I would like to thank Representative Sherrill for inviting us on this tour which has underlined for me the importance of Picatinny Arsenal and the work done here for our country. I would also like to underline the importance of the Arsenal for our local economy as well as the economy of Morris County.Rockaway Township has a long-standing relationship with Arsenal, underscoring the fact that we have been good, cooperative neighbors for many years.As Mayor of Rockaway Township, I look forward to the continuation of this relationship and the success of Arsenal as a vital part of our national security,” said Rockaway Township Mayor Joe Jackson.
Wednesday, March 23rd, City of Dover, Mayor Carolyn Blackman had the honor of joining Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, elected officials and other distinguished guests at Picatinny Arsenal. “It was an honor to be part of this event and to visit the facilities. I look forward to working with Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill on future projects,” said Mayor Blackman.
Representative Sherrill is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and served in the Navy for nearly 10 years as a helicopter pilot and Russian political officer. As a Russian political officer, she worked on the implementation of our obligations under the nuclear treaty and oversaw relations between the United States Navy and the Navy of the Russian Federation. She now sits on the House Armed Services Committee, where she sits on the Tactical Air and Ground Forces and Intelligence and Special Operations subcommittees.