North Carolina's Justice Department has promised its support in resisting the U.S. Navy's quest to build a landing field in the northeastern part of the state.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that the state Attorney General's office promised its help to U.S. Rep. Walter Jones.
The Republican congressman is helping local efforts to fight the Navy, which is scouting sites in Camden and Gates counties for a practice landing field for pilots from Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach.
The Attorney General's Office says it's prepared to enforce laws letting the state retain some jurisdiction over land seized for the landing field. That would allow the counties to enforce noise ordinances.