In the wake of terror attacks in Elizabeth and Seaside Park, Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) will introduce legislation requiring local law enforcement to work with state agencies to develop security plans to preserve public safety during events that attract large crowds.
An explosive device was detonated in a trash can along the route of the Seaside Semper Five 5K in Seaside Park on September 17, 2016. (Twitter/Kathy Madsen)
“In 2003, my daughter Sarri was injured and 16 were killed when a terrorist with a bomb attacked the bus she was riding in Jerusalem, so I understand the lasting impact terrorism can have on innocent people and their families,” Senator Singer said. “Last weekend’s bombing in Seaside Park was a stark reminder that unless we enact proper security protocols here in New Jersey, we may be putting lives at risk. This bill will ensure that procedures are in place to keep residents and spectators safe at large events.”
Senator Singer’s bill would require state agencies, such as Homeland Security, to work with local law enforcement to develop a procedural agenda to protect the public during large events, such as races, festivals and sporting events. Under the bill, all municipalities, public and nonpublic schools must adhere to the established protocol, unless the Governor determines the mandate is no longer necessary.
“No one should ever have to endure what Sarri went through and continues to cope with years after the attack she was lucky to survive,” Senator Singer said. “This bill should have bipartisan support, and I look forward to working with legislative leadership on both sides of the aisle to fast-track a hearing on this desperately needed measure. Clearly, we cannot wait a moment longer to enact this lifesaving bill.”
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