Perdue, McCrory to visit NC military bases Friday

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Gov. Bev Perdue and Gov.-elect Pat McCrory are going to visit North Carolina military bases together this week to build relationships between the incoming governor and installation and community leaders.

Perdue and McCrory’s offices confirmed separately Tuesday the two would travel Friday to Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. McCrory told reporters recently the trip was a possibility, particularly in light of potential defense cuts from the “fiscal cliff” in Washington.

Perdue has longstanding military ties, leading the state’s lobbying effort against base closings when she was lieutenant governor. Perdue likes to say North Carolina is the nation’s most military friendly state.

Perdue defeated McCrory in the 2008 election but didn’t seek re-election this year. McCrory was elected last month.

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