Trenton on high alert in lead-up to Inauguration Day; areas near Statehouse being shut down
The state Capitol is on high alert in the days leading up to Inauguration Day, following the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.
West State Street in front of the Statehouse annex is set to be shut down from Calhoun to Warren streets, so there will be limited traffic in the area and near Trenton City Hall.
The precautions will be in place leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20.
"We take all threats seriously and I don’t know if we can characterize them as credible or not, but there have been a couple. But we take them all seriously," says Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora.
"We will be working virtually and our local municipal police department, EMS department, fire department -- I will be up as they are 24/7, but we brought back additional staffing to help, in the event that something does happen," says Grady Griffin, Trenton OEM coordinator.
While it's a holiday weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy is having state capital employees work remotely from now into early next week.
News 12 also spoke with Col. Pat Callahan, superintendent of state police, who says he's never seen an event like this were so many different layers of law enforcement have to get involved. He says it's energizing, and that the state is ready. He's also reminding New Jerseys that if you see something, say something -- and do something.
Other state capitols in the U.S. are adding precautions as well, including adding security fencing and bringing on extra patrols. It comes after the FBI warned of potential violence at all capitols.