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New York, New Jersey governors announce more police presence on public transit

Oliver Mallich
Grand Central Station.

Stepped up security at railroad and other mass transit systems was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who say it’s absolutely necessary, but no there’s specific terror threat.

The governors of New York and New Jersey say they are reacting to the increasingly active terrorists in the Middle East, and stepped up military activity by the United States, including air strikes.

They announced what they call a new, unprecedented level of law enforcement at subway commuter and Amtrak train platforms and more random searches of baggage, as well as better intelligence sharing among various state and federal agencies.  

“Commuters, citizens will see an increased presence,” Cuomo said. “That shouldn’t raise anxiety. If anything, that should provide a calming effect.”

Cuomo and Christie say the increased security is likely not a short term plan, and New Yorkers could see more police presence on public transit for a long time to come.