The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) announced Friday that it has increased the threat level of white supremacist extremists in New Jersey from "moderate" to "high" — the highest possible level. Terror groups such as ISIS and al-Qaeda retain a low threat level.
The heightened threat level comes amid increased crime rates connected to white supremacist groups, such as a New Jersey man who allegedly collaborated with neo-Nazi members to vandalize synagogues in Michigan and Wisconsin.
Director of Homeland Security's New Jersey office Jared Maples reported that the increased threat levels of white supremacist extremists demonstrates local law enforcement's commitment to the safety of its citizens.
"Homeland security and law enforcement professionals at all levels have taken notice of the rise in activity from white supremacist extremists. New Jersey is committed to protecting the diversity of culture and faith that shapes our great state."
Additionally, the agency's report gave anarchist, anti-government, and black separatists a "moderate" threat level.