Within 24 hours of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness convened a conference call with 160 leaders of various faiths in the state to discuss potential terror threats and share information that might prove valuable in averting an attack here.
Developing lines of communication with religious leaders—including those in the Muslim community—is a key part of the OHSP strategy to combat homegrown terrorism in New Jersey. The agency works with local and federal entities like the New Jersey State Police, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with the goal of preventing, preparing for and responding to domestic emergencies, with a focus on terrorism.
While there has not been a major terrorist attack in New Jersey, Chris Rodriguez, the agency’s director and Governor Chris Christie’s principal advisor on counterterrorism, says supporters of terrorist organizations like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are present in our community.
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