New Jersey Vows Zero Tolerance On Hate Crimes

Joe Coronato (Photo courtesy Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

TRENTON – Government and law enforcement officials met at State Police Headquarters in Trenton Monday for their annual meeting with religious leaders to discuss concerns including bias crimes, houses-of-worship security, and general well-being to all who live in and travel to the Garden State.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal stressed his office’s stance against hate crimes, that such acts of bias will not be tolerated in New Jersey. Religious leaders honored Grewal with an appreciation award for his commitment to the state’s interfaith communities.

Among the officials in attendance were Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato and OCPO Public Affairs Director Al Della Fave.

Al Della Fave (Photo courtesy Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office)

Lakewood Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein and Rabbi Avi Richler, who represented 58 Chabad centers around the state, also spoke.


“With summer upon us and rising temperatures, we in law enforcement must be reminded to exercise tolerance, understanding and compassion,” Coronato said. “This annual meeting helps tremendously in educating front line officers to the many diverse cultural differences they will encounter in the coming months during the course of their daily patrols.”