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Congressman Kean hosts crime roundtable webinar

Second Crime Discussion with Local Elected Officials and Law Enforcement Leaders

NEW JERSEY – Congressman Tom Kean, Jr. (NJ-07) last week hosted a crime webinar roundtable with more than fifty local elected officials and law enforcement leaders.

This roundtable is in response to the sudden and substantial uptick in home break ins and car theft across New Jersey.

“Too many Garden State families now grapple with the distressing reality that their sense of security within their own hometown – even in their own driveway – is under threat,” Kean said. “It is imperative that we address these challenges head-on, fortifying our commitment to the safety and well-being in our communities. Together with mayors and law enforcement across the Seventh Congressional District, I am committed to prioritize the safety and security of our local families, neighborhoods, small businesses, and our law enforcement personnel.”

Elected officials and law enforcement personnel from across the 7th Congressional District shared their experiences:

“Bernards Township has been noted for many years as being of the safest towns in NJ by independent organizations, but our residents are concerned by the uptick of home burglaries associated with car thefts that began in the summer of 2023,” said Bernards Mayor Jen Asay. “I was grateful to hear from Congressman Kean as well as my fellow panelists who shared similar concerns and will look to partner with them to develop solutions to protect our residents.”

“Thank you to Congressman Kean for leading a timely discussion around issues of public safety in our communities,” said Hunterdon County Sheriff Fred Brown. “Striving to keep Hunterdon County as one of the safest places to live is an important part of my responsibility as Sheriff, and I’m grateful that Congressman Kean is committed to assisting and standing by the law enforcement community.”

“Thank you Congressman Kean for providing this opportunity for all of us to voice our concerns on crime,” said Westfield Councilman Michal Domogala. “The residents of our towns expect us as representatives to advocate for their safety at all levels of government.   With similar experiences statewide it’s my hope that in sharing information we can better take collective actions to deter crime and provide avenues to stop repeat offenders.”

In 2023, Congressman Kean hosted his first crime roundtable, during which he addressed the surge in catalytic converter theft, combating organized retail crime, and the challenges that law enforcement encounters in combatting the escalating crime in New Jersey communities.

Recently, Congressman Kean met with local leaders and law enforcement agencies to address the rise in home break ins and auto theft. Congressman Kean has sponsored the Prosecutors Need to Prosecute Act and the Preventing Auto Recycling Theft (PART) Act.

“At last year’s Crime Roundtable, local departments emphasized the need for increased funding to modernize law enforcement facilities, highlighting the opportunity to redirect resources to more pressing areas of concerns, such as equipment, training, and retention,” Kean said. “To address these concerns, I cosponsored H.R. 6198, The Building Up Infrastructure for Local Departments (BUILD) Act. This bill will prioritize grants for small and rural public agencies, focusing on upgrading local law enforcement and fire department facilities serving fewer than 50,000 residents.  I am continuing to prioritize engaging with local leaders and law enforcement agencies to strategize and implement effective measures aimed at addressing the community’s growing concerns regarding local crime.” 

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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