Law enforcement, security in Trenton on alert ahead of Inauguration Day
Law enforcement and Homeland Security were prepared for a pro-Trump march at the Statehouse Sunday.
The only thing that didn't go according to plan was that demonstrators stayed away.
There was no failure of planning in Trenton for the anticipated pro-Trump, possibly armed demonstration.
State troopers began arriving early Sunday at the Statehouse, staging in the garage and rear of the building to secure it from an army of possibly armed demonstrators who never arrived .
Department of Corrections buses were on hand - at the ready for the possibility of mass arrests.
West State Street was shut down mid-morning, and two large salt spreaders blocked West State Street from either end.
State police acting Superintendent Col. Pat Callahan personally took charge of the response and addressed troopers before they took their posts before heading back to State Police headquarters in neighboring Ewing to monitor events further.
Outside Trenton, 100 National Guard members were at the ready and a Quick Reaction force was on standby if local authorities needed for help.
Former New Jersey Attorney General John Farmer said on Friday that after the Capitol Hill insurrection, law enforcement must keep right-wing groups firmly on their radar.
Statehouse security was not the only challenge for New Jersey's National Guard.
A total of 500 Guard members have been in Washington, D.C. for over a week, securing the Capitol.
They'll remain there at least through President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday.
State police are urging anyone who hears or sees anything suspicious to call the state tip line at 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ.