Will NJ Be Safe On Super Bowl Sunday? [POLL/AUDIO]
MetLife Stadium will play host to the Super Bowl this February, and while that’s great for Garden State football fans, it could be a nightmare for law enforcement.
Millions of people are likely to descend upon New Jersey and neighboring states and crowds present real threats for homeland security experts. Is New Jersey ready?
“It’s a daily conversation and whenever I’m talking with (acting NJ) Attorney General (John) Hoffman or (NJ State Police) Col. (Rick) Fuentes or Gov. (Chris) Christie, I’m also asking about it,” says U.S. Sen. Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ). “When it was first announced you think about the Super Bowl being a few years away and all of a sudden it’s right on top of you. We’ve been planning with the State Police and with our federal partners for years.”
Part of Chiesa’s planning has included a human trafficking awareness campaign which includes Project Stay Gold, a group that has launched a “Not on Our Turf” campaign drawing attention to the increase in human trafficking around large economic events, including the 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey.
Keeping everyone safe before, during and after the game and all Super Bowl-related events is paramount and the eyes of the world will be on New Jersey.
“I know precautions are being taken and I know that we’ll be supporting it in any way that we can from Washington including resources and including making sure that we’re sharing information,” explains Chiesa.
“Whether it’s the FBI or it’s homeland security or it’s the State Police that everybody has the information they need. That’s a big issue. We’ve been talking about it through our Homeland Security Committee.”