- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

FORT DIX, N.J. (AP) - Federal legislators have announced that a southern New Jersey military base is a finalist to host the next generation of the Air Force’s air-refueling tanker planes.

Joint Base McGuire-Fort Dix-Lakehurst is among five sites across the country under consideration to host the KC-46 aircrafts, which are expected to arrive by 2020.

The base overlaps Burlington and Ocean counties and employs approximately 42,000 New Jersey residents.

Other finalists in the running to host the Boeing-built planes include bases in Delaware, Washington, North Dakota and California.

Rep. Chris Smith, a Hamilton Republican, says the winning base would receive up to 36 new tankers to replace the current fleet of 32 KC-10 Extenders.

The Pentagon is expected to make their decision after officials visit each of the finalist bases.

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