New Jersey has been awarded more than $66 million in Homeland Security grants. The funding, which applies through fiscal year 2017, is for a range of “preparedness” programs including state and urban security, emergency security, and the security of ports, transit systems, and intercity bus systems.
“These federal dollars will be used to help improve our state’s readiness to… protect our communities against a potential attack or major disaster,” said U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9th), a longtime advocate of the Homeland Security Preparedness Grant programs.
The grants include $20,034,000 to the Jersey City/Newark area for an urban area security initiative. The state received $8,337,000 for a state homeland security program and $8,370,698 in an emergency management performance grant. Beneficiaries of the transit security grant program were: New Jersey Transit, $16,323,464; the Delaware River Port Authority, $3,1775,909; and, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, $2,300,000.