Press Release

Director Maples Testifies Before Congressional Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications.

Director Maples Testifies Before Congressional Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications.

NEWARK, NJ — Jared Maples, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), spoke about New Jersey’s efforts in combatting school security during a hearing held by the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications on July 9 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.

Governor Murphy Names Christopher J. Rein as State’s New Chief Technology Officer

Governor Murphy Names Christopher J. Rein as State’s New Chief Technology Officer

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy today announced the appointment of Christopher J. Rein as New Jersey’s Chief Technology Officer. Rein will oversee the NJ Office of Information Technology (NJOIT) and its more than 600 employees. He will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic policies, information security standards and requirements for all State departments and agencies.

Sovereign Citizen Extremist Arrested After Fraudulent Liens Filed Against Public Officials

Sovereign Citizen Extremist Arrested After Fraudulent Liens Filed Against Public Officials

TRENTON, N.J. – Director Jared Maples, of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), along with Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, announced that an Essex County man has been arrested for allegedly submitting two Uniform Commercial Code filings, which placed liens on the properties of four public officials in Irvington, N.J., totaling over $1.5 million.

Jersey City/Newark Urban Areas Security Initiative 2018 Full-Scale Multi-Disciplinary Exercise

TRENTON, N.J. Today, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), in conjunction with the Jersey City/Newark Urban Areas Security Initiative (USAI), the New Jersey State Police, and various municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, conducted a three-day, cross-state joint training exercise aimed at enhancing intelligence- and information-sharing between New Jersey and New York.

New Jersey Joins Partnership Promoting Cybersecurity Career Track for High School Females

New Jersey Joins Partnership Promoting Cybersecurity Career Track for High School Females

Governor Phil Murphy today announced that New Jersey is partnering with the SANS Institute in an initiative that provides high school girls with an opportunity to learn cybersecurity skills, discover their talents, and explore what a career in the field entails. High school girls in grades 9 through 12 or the home-school equivalent are invited to participate in the GirlsGoCyberStart challenge in which teams of up to four students will compete against others throughout New Jersey and the United States.   

NJOHSP and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Receive Over $1.7 Million to Accelerate Public Safety Communications Technologies

NJOHSP and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Receive Over $1.7 Million to Accelerate Public Safety Communications Technologies

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) $1,701,657 for research and development aimed at advancing broadband communications technologies for first responders. NJOHSP’s effort is a collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory.  

Norcross, NJOHSP Stress Importance of Security Funding for Religious Organizations, Non-Profits at Community Meeting

CHERRY HILL, NJ – Today, Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) and Dr. Christopher Rodriguez, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, stressed the importance of security enhancement funding for religious organizations and non-profit agencies at a community meeting.

Governor Christie Announces $1 Million in Security Grants for Nonprofit Organizations and Religious Institutions in Nine Counties

Trenton, NJ - Fulfilling his commitment to protect all New Jersey residents from both foreign and domestic threats, Governor Chris Christie today made $1 million in grants available for non-profit organizations and religious institutions determined to be at high risk of terrorist attack in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Salem, and Warren counties.

Governor Christie Announces Increased Patrol, Training and Outreach Efforts Following Recent Bias Incidents

Governor Christie Announces Increased Patrol, Training and Outreach Efforts Following Recent Bias Incidents

Governor Chris Christie today joined national and local officials, advocates and community leaders at the Kaplen JCC to show solidarity with New Jersey’s Jewish community following a recent increase in threats made against Jewish Community Centers throughout New Jersey and the country. Under the direction of Governor Christie, in coordination with Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino, the New Jersey State Police and the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) have increased patrol efforts at houses of worship, faith-based institutions, community centers and cemeteries throughout the state.

NJOHSP Continues Statewide Season of Service

As part of the Christie Administration's sixth annual Season of Service, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security Director of Policy and Planning Eric Tysarczyk, Director of Administration Jared Maples, and staff visited Oasis in Paterson where they served community luncheon meals to impoverished women and children from the Greater-Paterson area. 

New Jersey Office of Homeland Security Director Continues Statewide Season of Service with Visit to Oasis in Paterson

PATERSON, NJ – As a part of the Christie Administration's sixth annual Season of Service, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security Director Chris Rodriguez and staff visited Oasis in Paterson where they served Thanksgiving meals and distributed turkeys to impoverished women and children from the Greater-Paterson area.

Statement by Director Rodriguez Concerning the Cybersecurity of New Jersey's Election Systems

WEST TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), through its New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC), is constantly collaborating with federal, state and local authorities, as well as other third parties, on securing New Jersey’s voter registration and election systems

Call When You Can...Text When You Can't

The Attorney General, the State’s new Chief Technology Officer, the Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the Director of the New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Rutgers officials announced the statewide implementation of a new “Text-to-9-1-1” system and introduce a promotional video to drive home the important message of “Call When You Can… Text When You Can’t.”

Christie Administration Announces Over $4.2 Million in Federal Homeland Security Grant Funding

TRENTON, NJ – The Christie Administration announced today that New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) has been awarded over $4.2 million for nonprofit organizations under the Jersey City/Newark Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), a 214-percent increase from 2015, and the second-highest total in the nation.