Gov. Phil Murphy, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford), New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council President Bill Mullen, and a number of other officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony today in Lower Alloways Creek for the New Jersey Wind Port, set to be completed in late 2023 or early 2024.
“The New Jersey Wind Port will create thousands of high-quality jobs, bring millions of investment dollars to our state, and establish New Jersey as the national capital of offshore wind,” Murphy said in a statement.
The wind port, which will be located on an offshore island in the Delaware River, is slated to help New Jersey towards its goal of generating 7,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2035. The legislature’s 2022 state budget allocated $200 million for its construction, which is set to begin in December.
“The New Jersey Wind Port represents the kind of technological innovation, broad-based partnership, and bold investment that we need to meet the climate challenge and create good jobs and an inclusive workforce in our country,” Walsh said. “This project and the good jobs that come with it serves as an important model for future infrastructure investments in this country.”
Sweeney, whose legislative district includes the site of the wind port, emphasized its benefits for Salem County, which has been losing population in recent years, and for South Jersey more broadly.
“Today’s groundbreaking represents the first step in a new era of economic development and job growth in South Jersey, with the ability to produce economic benefits for generations to come,” he said.