TRENTON – The state has been awarded more than $27.8 million in federal homeland security funds.
Also, the governor’s office said today that ports in New Jersey, Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania will compete for more than $58 million under the Port Security Grant Program.
Jersey City, Newark, and the seven counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic and Union comprise a so-called Tier I urban region that is considered at a greater risk of a terrorist attack than some other areas, Gov. Chris Christie’s office said.
DHS is distributing more than $1.3 billion to states for a wide variety of homeland security and preparedness activities, which represents a reduction of more than $800 million compared to last year, Christie’s office said.
New Jersey was awarded more than $6.2 million under the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), which represents the seventh highest amount of SHSP funding across the nation.
The Office of Homeland Security will distribute more than $4.9 million to the state’s 21 counties based on a variety of factors, including risk, population and number of critical infrastructure sites.
“We will continue to manage all homeland security dollars in a strategic manner and will adhere to Governor Christie’s directive to distribute all funds based entirely on risk,” Acting Director Dennis Quinn said in a release. “While decreased federal funding will require us to redouble our efforts to maximize our funding investments, we will accomplish our goals by enhancing our partnerships with federal and state law enforcement and emergency management agencies, and will continue to work closely with our partners in the private sector.”