If South Jersey communities rally around efforts to base the Air Force’s new F-35 fighter jets here, the area’s advantages will give it a leg up in the national competition to be the next location the Air Force chooses, U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross said Friday.

“You don’t have encroachment problems many other places do, and you have a big place over the ocean where we can train with very little interference,” Norcross said, speaking during an online meeting with the Greater Atlantic City Chamber.

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