NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) — Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) wrote a letter to the Sussex County Board of Commissioners inviting them to a briefing from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) to discuss the ongoing security threat that domestic terrorists pose to Northern NJ and the nation. This briefing follows a request from Sussex County Commissioner Director Dawn Fantasia at the February 24, 2021 commission meeting.
A report from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness increased the threat posed by white supremacist extremists from “moderate” to “high” in 2020, joining homegrown violent extremists as the most persistent hostile actors in New Jersey. The Proud Boys has been classified as a hate group by civil rights organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center.
FBI Director Christopher Wray, while testifying before Congress earlier this month, said, “The top threat we face from Domestic Violent Extremists continues to be those we identify as racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists (RMVEs), specifically those who advocate for the superiority of the white race, and who were the primary source of ideologically motivated lethal incidents of violence in 2018 and 2019.”
As a Member of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Intelligence and Counterterrorism Subcommittee, Gottheimer receives regular briefings, including in a classified setting, on threats to our country, including threats from Domestic Violent Extremists and ISIS-inspired and other lone wolf terrorists.
“It is imperative that we form a united front and send a clear message that all forms of hatred, extremism, and violence promoted by any organization — including whether that is ISIS-inspired terrorists, the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, the Three Percenters, or by individuals inspired by Antifa ideology — will not be tolerated here in New Jersey or in the United States,” Gottheimer said. “As FBI Director Wray and NJOHSP Director Maples have indicated, we are facing a significant uptick in threats from domestic violent extremists, including here in Northern New Jersey. It is my hope that you will join me for this critical briefing on domestic terrorism and violent extremism, in all of its forms, to help prevent future incidents of hate from occurring in our community.”
“I believe that we can all agree that providing law enforcement and the intelligence community with all the tools necessary to prosecute, financially counter, and defeat these groups is of the utmost importance to keep our shared constituents safe,” Gottheimer said.
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