EDISON - New Jersey State Police and other law enforcement agencies are increasing security around the tri-state area’s major transit hubs.
Uniformed and plainclothes state troopers will be at several New Jersey train stations and ferry terminals, including Metro Park, Newark Penn and Hoboken. State police say that this is not due to any specific threat, but just to add more security around the holidays.
Some travelers tell News 12 New Jersey that they are happy with the increase in protection.
“I don’t think you can ever have enough security,” says Pat Moreland of Tinton Falls.
Her husband Jim agrees. “I feel much safer if there’s police on the boat.”
New Jersey state troopers typically are not able to travel between states. However, this year, thanks to an agreement with the state of New York, troopers will be allowed to travel back and forth to increase security.
Lt. Steve Groseible says that he hopes travelers will report anything suspicious to any of the troopers that they see.
“Anything they deem to be suspicious. Whether it’s a certain person acting a certain way or a package they thought might be suspicious,” he says.
The statewide security effort began after Thanksgiving, and coincided with recent terror attacks in the U.S. and abroad.