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New Jersey

New Jersey ranks 19th of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations (tied with Oklahoma), and 28th overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11 (tied with Alaska and North Carolina). In dollar amount, the state ranked 18th in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and ninth in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 38th in overall federal government expenditures.

U.S. intelligence and homeland security agencies and the Department of Justice measure the potential terrorist threat to New Jersey by analyzing data, including the following: * New Jersey had 16 terrorism-related convictions from Sept. 11, 2001, through March 2010, according to the Justice Department, and ranks eighth in the nation. * Jersey City/Newark is one of the 64 urban metropolitan areas that have been designated by the federal government as "high-threat, high-density" with regard to acts of terrorism. * At least one major terrorist plot has been thwarted in New Jersey since 9/11: a plot to attack Fort Dix in 2007, though many of the New York plots have also involved New Jersey. * The intelligence community ranks New Jersey in the top 10 states with the largest Muslim populations, a measure that it applies to potential threats of homegrown terrorist involvement. * In 2009, according to the Department of Homeland Security, New Jersey ranked ninth in the nation in unauthorized immigrant population, with an estimated 360,000 unauthorized immigrants residing in the state. The FBI and the New Jersey State Police entered into a partnership to combat domestic and international terrorism in 1985. The New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Act, signed into law on Oct. 4, 2001, created the Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force as the state's Cabinet-level body responsible for setting homeland security and counterterrorism policy after 9/11. The State Police established a Counter Terrorism Bureau (CTB) in 2003. The New Jersey Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC) ("the Rock") was activated in 2005.

State security snapshot

Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 68

Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 12

82.4% Pre-9/11

17.6% Post-9/11

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New Jersey is located in FEMA Region II; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for the state is in New York City.

Law Enforcement
Law Enforcement
Includes organizations at the federal, state and local levels that have the police powers to make arrests and investigate criminal matters.
Emergency Management
Emergency Management
Organizations tasked with responding to natural disasters, attacks using weapons of mass destruction and other emergencies.
Homeland Security
Homeland Security
Organizations responsible for activities -- such as infrastructure protection, border control and planning for the aftermath of terrorist attacks -- handled mainly by the Department of Homeland Security.
Organizations, such as the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces, that work exclusively on terrorism cases.
Joint Terrorism Task Force
A multiagency task force, run by the FBI, that has the lead in investigating terrorism within the United States.
Intelligence and Fusion
Organizations that collect, analyze and share information about domestic threats.
Fusion Centers
Fusion Center
A place where information from multiple agencies in a state or region is sent to be analyzed.
Totals 5116168


  • Counterterrorism

    A Counter Terrorism Bureau (CTB) was established within the New Jersey State Police in February 2003. The New Jersey Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) North Unit (also known as the Newark JTTF) covers most of the state, while the Philadelphia JTTF covers the Camden area. The U.S. attorney chairs an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) in Newark.

  • Intelligence

    New Jersey is a member of the Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). The New Jersey State Police has had an active intelligence program for decades focused on organized crime, but refocused it in the 1990s to include drug trafficking and street gang activities. The State Police Intelligence Services Section is charged with collecting, extracting, summarizing, analyzing and disseminating criminal intelligence data. At the federal level, the FBI operates Field Intelligence Groups (FIGs) in Newark and Philadelphia that cover the state. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Field Intelligence Group in Newark has jurisdiction over New Jersey.

  • Fusion

    The New Jersey Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC), a component of the New Jersey State Police established in 2005, is the state-designated all-crimes, all-hazards, all-threats, all-the-time fusion center. The functions of the ROIC are three-fold: conducting watch floor operations, real-time tactical intelligence analysis and tracking assets. The center is also the state's primary emergency response center. The 100-seat facility can project live aerial footage, building blueprints and critical infrastructure locations onto its 32-foot screen. New Jersey is also a participant in the Philadelphia-based Delaware Valley Intelligence Center (DVIC), a four-state (Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey), 12-county initiative.

  • Homeland Security

    The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) was created as a Cabinet-level agency within state government in March 2006, and the New Jersey Domestic Preparedness Task Force (NJDPTF), created in October 2001, was moved under the new agency. The OHSP is charged with coordinating emergency response efforts across all levels of government, law enforcement, emergency management, nonprofit organizations, other jurisdictions and the private sector. The Infrastructure Advisory Committee of the NJDPTF includes representatives of utility companies, chemical and pharmaceutical firms, and the telecommunications and health-care industries. To assist in critical-infrastructure protection, a DHS Protective Security Advisor is located in Newark.

  • Law Enforcement

    The New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, under the direction of the state attorney general, is the statewide law enforcement agency. The FBI's Newark field office operates resident agencies and satellite offices in Atlantic City, Franklin Township, Garret Mountain, Red Bank and Trenton, and covers all of the state except Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties, which are handled by the Cherry Hill resident agency of the Philadelphia field office. The Coast Guard National Strike Force Atlantic Strike Team is located at Fort Dix.

  • Emergency Management

    The New Jersey State Police operates the Office of Emergency Management, which is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness. The superintendent of the State Police reports to both the attorney general and to the director of the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) on matters related to homeland security, preparedness and emergency management.

Sourcing: Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and state government documents.
OrganizationCityStarted since 9/11
AFOSI Det 352 OL-C (Air Force)  
Atlantic City Resident Agency (FBI)Atlantic City 
Atlantic City Satellite Office (ATF)Atlantic City 
Camden Field Office (ATF)Camden 
Cherry Hill Office (Defense Sec.)Cherry Hill 
SAC Cherry Hill (ICE)Cherry Hill 
South Jersey Resident Agency (FBI)Cherry Hill 
NCIS Resident Agency Earle (Navy)Colts Neck 
Fort Monmouth Military Intelligence DetachmentEatonville 
New Jersey Resident Agency (Defense)Edison 
New York Field Office (Diplomatic Sec.)Fort Lee 
Franklin Township Resident Agency (FBI)Franklin Township 
21st Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)Ft. Dixx
Defense Coordinating Element FEMA Region II (NORTHCOM)Ft. Monmouthx
Fort Monmouth CID Office (U.S. Army)Ft. Monmouth 
New Jersey Fraud Resident Agency (U.S. Army)Ft. Monmouth 
Garret Mountain Resident Agency (FBI)Garret Mountain 
N.J. Security Preparedness Task ForceHamiltonx
Associate SAC - Newark (ICE)Hoboken 
DHS Office of Investigations Field Office New York CityJersey Cityx
Jersey City Satellite Office (ATF)Jersey City 
NCIS Resident Agency Lakehurst (Navy)Lakehurst 
New Jersey Adjutant General (TAG)Lawrenceville 
New Jersey Army National GuardLawrenceville 
N.J. Department of Military and Veteran AffairsLawrenceville 
N.J. National Guard Counter-Drug CoordinatorLawrenceville 
Camden Resident Office (Drug Enforcement)Maple Shade 
DHS Office of Investigations Field Office PhiladelphiaMarltonx
Marlton Field Office (Defense Sec.)Marlton 
AFOSI Det 307 (Air Force)McGuire AFB 
New Jersey Air National GuardMcGuire AFB 
USSS Newark (Secret Service)Morristown 
Mt. Laurel Field Office (Defense Sec.)Mt. Laurel 
Essex County Sheriff’s OfficeNewark 
FIG Newark Office of Intelligence(ICE)Newarkx
Newark Division (FBI)Newark 
Newark Field Division (ATF)Newark 
Newark Field OfficeNewark 
Newark Field Office (ICE)Newark 
Newark Financial Crimes Task Force (Secret Service)Newark 
New Jersey ATAC (U.S. Attorney)Newarkx
New Jersey/Caribbean Division (Postal Inspection)Newark 
N.J. Field Division (Drug Enforcement)Newark 
N.J. JTTF North Unit / Newark JTTF (FBI)Newark 
Port of Newark Customs Management CenterNewark 
Protective Security Advisor Newark District (DHS)Newarkx
SAC Newark (ICE)Newark 
USAO District of New Jersey (U.S. Attorney)Newark 
USMS District of New Jersey (Marshals)Newark 
Atlantic City Resident Office (Drug Enforcement)Northfield 
Picatinny Resident Office (Military Intel.)Picatinny Arsenal 
Northeast Regional Office (Dept. of Energy)Princeton 
Red Bank Resident Agency (FBI)Red Bank 
New Jersey IRS Criminal Investigation, Newark Field OfficeSpringfield 
New Jersey Department of Law and Public SafetyTrenton 
New Jersey Office of the Attorney GeneralTrenton 
N.J. Office of Homeland Security and PreparednessTrentonx
Trenton Field Office (ATF)Trenton 
Trenton Resident Agency (FBI)Trenton 
USSS Trenton (Secret Service)Trenton 
USSS Atlantic City (Secret Service)Ventnor City 
West Patterson Satellite Office (ATF)West Patterson 
New Jersey State Citizen Corps CouncilWest Trentonx
New Jersey State PoliceWest Trenton 
N.J. Office of Emergency ManagementWest Trenton 
N.J. State Police Counter Terrorism BureauWest Trentonx
N.J. State Police Intelligence Services SectionWest Trentonx
Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (State Police)West Trenton 

State-Recognized Threats:
Public SafetyExtreme heat; Floods; Hurricanes; Thunderstorms; Winter storms; Extreme cold
Domestic SecurityHomegrown Islamic terrorists
Sourcing: Natural hazards are taken from DHS documents and State Emergency Operations Plans. Domestic terrorist threats are based upon U.S. government intelligence documents and actual attacks undertaken since 2001.

This project was last updated in September 2010. Data is accurate as of that date.
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