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New Jersey Town Switches Building Name from Kennedy to Obama

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:21:05 +0000

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WILLINGBORO TOWNSHIP, N.J.) -- President Obama is getting a building named after him in one New Jersey town.

The public building in Willingboro Township is currently called the Kennedy Center, after the late President John F. Kennedy. It houses the parks and recreation department, a senior center and other features.

However, since the building is undergoing a nearly $5 million renovation, supporters of the name change, including Deputy Mayor Jacqueline Jennings, believe it is fitting to pay tribute to Obama who helped spur voter registration in the town when he first ran for president.

The Willingboro Township Council this week voted in favor of renaming the building the President Barack Obama Center in spite of the objections of Mayor Eddie Campbell and the fact that it will still be located on John F. Kennedy Way.

Some local residents aren't thrilled either. One wrote on the Burlington County Times Facebook page: “What’s next -- naming malls after terrorists since he negotiates with them!! What a disgrace to America!!”

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