Menendez, Booker Announce Nearly $66 Million for Terrorism Prevention, Homeland Security in New Jersey

Menendez, Booker Announce Nearly $66 Million for Terrorism Prevention, Homeland Security in New Jersey

Funding includes $3.8 million in Nonprofit Security Grants following increased threats against Jewish Community Centers earlier this year.


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) announced today $65,962,459 in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding for the State of New Jersey. The grants will enhance state and local government efforts to improve security in areas such as terrorism prevention, emergency preparedness, and transit security. At a time when violent behavior by hateful extremist groups is on the rise, the grants will also support efforts by New Jersey nonprofit organizations to increase the security of their facilities. The series of bomb threats earlier this year against JCCs across New Jersey served to underscore the importance of preserving and indeed expanding this program that protects various non-profits including religious institutions.

“Securing a densely-populated state like New Jersey requires robust resources, constant vigilance and careful coordination between law enforcement, first responders, community groups and governments at every level,” said Senator Menendez. “Our sophisticated infrastructure, incredible diversity and close proximity to New York and Philadelphia means that New Jersey will always be a prime target for terror, and this funding will help ensure that our families can continue to live, learn, work and worship without fear.”

 “In order to best protect our nation’s most critical assets and provide nonprofits throughout the state with essential security resources, we need government at all levels working together,” said Sen. Booker.  “The fact is, New Jersey is home to some of region’s most critical infrastructure and plays a significant role in keeping our nation moving.  Federal investments like this provide our law enforcement agencies, emergency responders, and nonprofits the resources they need to enhance their capabilities and be prepared and well equipped to protect against threats. Unfortunately New Jerseyans are constantly reminded of this need which is why I will continue to advocate for this critical funding."

The State of New Jersey received $8,337,000 from the State Homeland Security Program for the implementation of state homeland security strategies to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism, and an additional $8,370,698 for the Emergency Management Performance Grants program to prepare for all hazards and to provide a system of emergency preparedness. An additional $20,030,000 from the Urban Security Initiative program will support the planning, organizing, equipment and training needs of high-threat, high-density urban areas against acts of terrorism, and $3,814,953 in Nonprofit Security Grants will help religious and other community organizations protect themselves from heightened security threats.

New Jersey will also receive an infusion of security funding through the following port, transit, and bus security awards:

FY 2017 Port Security Grant Program Awards:

Delaware Bay

Camden County Sheriff's Office


Delaware Bay

New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety


Delaware Bay

Paulsboro Refining Company, LLC


New York, NY and NJ

Bayonne Fire Department


New York, NY and NJ

Borough of Edgewater


New York, NY and NJ

Cape Liberty Cruise Port


New York, NY and NJ

Jersey City, City of


New York, NY and NJ

Kuehne Chemical Company, Inc.


New York, NY and NJ

Maher 1210 Corbin, LLC


New York, NY and NJ

New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety


New York, NY and NJ

New York and New Jersey, Port Authority of


New York, NY and NJ

Newark, City of


New York, NY and NJ

North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue


New York, NY and NJ

Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department


New York, NY and NJ

Perth Amboy, City of


FY 2017 Transit Security Grant Program Awards:  

Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA)


New Jersey Transit


Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ)





FY 2017 Intercity Bus Security Grant Program Award:

Academy Express, LLC