Super Bowl vs. Boston Marathon Security [AUDIO]
Governor Chris Christie echoed the confidence of a state lawmaker this week that no one should fear attending Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford next year, despite the bombings Monday at the Boston Marathon.
Christie referred to the marathon as a “soft event,” noting the amount of security in place is drastically different for an event as nationally-popular as the Super Bowl.
“You’re not going to magnetometer every person who walks in, like you do the Super Bowl,” Christie said. “You’re not going to restrict access to the city’s streets when a marathon’s going on, like what we’re going to do surrounding the Super Bowl.”
The Governor added that Super Bowl security has been an ongoing conversation for the past two years. It’s primarily the responsibility of the Secret Service, who will get assistance from the New Jersey State Police and other agencies.
Christie predicted a “flawless security plan” for next February.
Earlier this week, the head of New Jersey’s Assembly Homeland Security Committee said the NFL is already planning to incorporate everything it learns from the Boston probe to bolster its security plans for the Super Bowl.
“I can tell everybody that New Jersey will be prepared for anything once the Super Bowl starts,” said Assemblywoman Annette Quijano. “Whatever is learned through the investigation in Boston will be brought home so that we’re prepared.”
Townsquare Media’s Kevin McArdle contributed to this report.