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N.J. wins its battle to make ship into floating museum

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New Jersey lawmakers appear to have won their battle to snag the battleship USS New Jersey as a floating museum to be anchored near the Statue of Liberty.

The huge defense spending bill approved by the Senate Thursday night makes the battleship eligible for donation - a victory for New Jersey but a setback for California, which also was vying for one of the two last battleships still unspoken for in the Navy's fleet.The Navy needs to keep one of those two ships in reserve. The Senate bill would put California's choice, the USS Iowa, back in reserve to free up the USS New Jersey for donation. Similar language is in a defense bill that cleared the House.