Gov. Chris Christie yesterday announced $1 million in grants for nonprofit organizations and religious institutions considered to be at high risk of terrorist attack in nine New Jersey counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Salem, and Warren. The grants will cover the cost of security equipment and screening systems.
The announcement comes in the wake of several bomb threats to Jewish community centers around the state. Christie said additional resources are needed “to enhance security in certain parts of the state that had not previously received federal security grant funding.” (Nonprofit organizations in New Jersey’s other 12 counties already can access similar security funding through a federal Department of Homeland Security program.)
The SECUR-NJ grants will be administered by the state’s Office of Homeland Security; the maximum award will be $50,000. The OHSP will hold an information session on April 19, 1-4 p.m. at the Burlington County Office of Emergency Management in Westampton.for more information on SECUR-NJ.