LAW & PUBLIC SAFETY

NJ director of Homeland Security stresses reliance on public reporting of threats

BY Michael Aron, Chief Political Correspondent |

In the wake of two mass shootings last weekend in Texas and Ohio, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Director Jared Maples spoke with Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron about the potential for terrorist threats in the Garden State.

Despite shootings happening in many parts of the country, New Jersey hasn’t had a mass shooting. Maples says it’s in part because of luck, but that there’s also a lot of hard work that goes in to detecting and preventing potential threats. He said the latest mass shootings are labeled as domestic terrorism, adding that his office is going to continue to make sure the public is aware of threats and ways to prevent them.

“The public needs to know about it because we’re treating it that way — it’s not just trying to stop one person, it’s ideologically-driven. Homegrown violent extremists, the people that we don’t know about, that’s who we really need to know about so the public needs to understand that we view it as a terror threat so that they more proactively reach out to us and let us know that something suspicious just doesn’t seem right,” he said.