Hate crimes, bias incidents doubled in two years, NJ says

About four incidents reported by law enforcement every day. The 1,400 reported in 2020 was the highest yet for the state

New Jersey in 2020 saw its highest number yet of hate crimes reported, with more than 1,400 bias incidents — or roughly four a day — reported by law enforcement in the state.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the latest numbers on Tuesday as he held a roundtable discussion on hate crimes in the aftermath of the shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado.

Nearly half of all cases in New Jersey were those targeting Black individuals, but sharp increases were also reported among those targeting Hispanic, Asian and LGBTQ+ individuals. Overall, the numbers have more than doubled since 2018.

“As we were starkly reminded by the horrific shootings last week in Atlanta, our country has a hate problem,” Murphy said. “And the data we just released in New Jersey shows that we are not immune to it.”

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