WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced $68,579,836 in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding for the State of New Jersey to bolster security and emergency preparedness efforts at our ports, houses of worship and transit hubs.
“Because of our state’s location, proximity to large metro areas, airports, seaports and transit hubs, New Jersey must remain vigilant and prepared to respond to any type of attack,” said Sen. Menendez. “This critical funding will provide our first responders and nonprofit organizations added resources to safeguard our communities and protect New Jersey residents.”
“As the most densely populated state and home to numerous examples of critical infrastructure, New Jersey is consistently rated as a potentially high-threat area,” said Sen. Booker. “This federal funding will ensure that emergency response teams are equipped with the necessary resources to protect the millions of people living in and around New Jersey, as well as our nation’s most critical assets.”
The following awards were granted to the State of New Jersey:
$19,050,000 from the Urban Area Security Initiative program to support the planning, organizing, equipment and training needs of high-threat, high-density urban areas against acts of terrorism.
$9,594,806 in Nonprofit Security Grants to help religious and other community organizations protect themselves from security threats.
$8,364,279 from the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program to prepare for all hazards and provide a system of emergency preparedness.
$7,692,000 from the State Homeland Security Program for implementation of state homeland security strategies to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism.
New Jersey will also receive an infusion of security funding through the following port, transit, and bus security awards:
Port Security Grant Program Awards:
Transit Security Grant Program Awards:
Intercity Bus Security Grant Program Awards: