Officials: Homegrown extremists, white supremacists biggest terror threats in NJ

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The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness has released its 2020 terrorism threat assessment report for the state.

According to the report, two of the biggest threats in New Jersey currently are homegrown violent extremists and white supremacist extremists.

“The ever-changing threat landscape in New Jersey and around the country requires us to adjust our strategies to anticipate new threats while remaining ready to combat those already existing,” said Jared M. Maples, the department’s director. “We will continue to develop and share the latest intelligence alongside our partners to support counterterrorism, cybersecurity and preparedness efforts throughout the state.”

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The report states that of the 44 domestic terrorist incidents in the United States in 2019, four of them “had a nexus to New Jersey.” The report also found that six of the 41 homegrown violent extremists identified in the U.S. were arrested in New Jersey and New York.

Regarding white supremacy, the officials said that in 2020, “white supremacist extremists are likely to cite accelerationism as a motivation for future violent acts, and recruitment efforts promoting extremist ideology continue throughout [New Jersey].”

Previously, the Anti-Defamation League released a report that found that the distribution of white supremacist propaganda rose by 243% in New Jersey between 2018 and 2019.

New Jersey homeland security officials said the threat of foreign terrorist organizations conducting attacks in New Jersey was low, due to their “inability” to “conduct attacks in the United States.”

Read the 2020 Terrorism Threat Assessment report below:

 

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