NJ Politics Digest: NJ National Epicenter of Hate Crimes

Nearly 500 hate crimes were reported in New Jersey in 2017, a 76 percent jump from 2018 and the fourth-highest total in the nation, according to data released Tuesday by the FBI.

New Jersey State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.
New Jersey State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. Office of the Attorney General / Tim Larsen

Hate crimes in the Garden State continue to climb, placing New Jersey fourth in the nation, according to new data released Tuesday by the FBI.

The Record reports that there were nearly 500 hate crimes reported in the state in 2017, a 76 percent jump from the previous year.

There were a total of 495 hate crimes reported to the FBI in 2017. Of those, 260 were linked to bias based on race or ethnicity, according to the Record report, and 180 involved people or locations targeted because of religion. Sexual orientation led to 51 cases of targeting and four were linked to disability, the Record reported. State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said the report was consistent with what he is seeing in the state, according to the report.

The crimes ranged from damage to plastic PVC pipes used to form an eruv, or ritual enclosure that allows observant Jews to perform certain tasks on the sabbath, to threats and racist grafitti, according to the report.

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NJ Politics Digest: NJ National Epicenter of Hate Crimes