The New Jersey State Police will activate its emergency operations center on Tuesday amid fears of potential civil unrest following tomorrow’s national election.
“The State Emergency Operations Center will be operational and in continuous communication with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners and we will have a contingent of troopers conducting high visibility patrols and on standby to deploy where needed,” said Maj. Brian Polite, a spokesman for the state police.
The announcement comes as some major cities and private businesses have tightened security in preparation for the prospect of violence after the results of the presidential election are announced.
Many businesses across the nation have covered storefront windows with plywood, while others are urging people to stay home through this week.
New York City is implementing “freeze zones” to restrict pedestrian and automobile in some of the city’s most heavily-trafficked areas.
Law enforcement has been prepared for a potential protests from supporters of both candidates.
George Washington University in Washington, D.C. told students on Monday “to be prepared for possible election related disruptions” and urged them to stockpile food and medications for the next week.