Rise in bias incidents among N.J. youth prompts statewide taskforce
Facing a 67% rise in the number of bias crimes committed by minors in New Jersey last year, state officials unveiled a plan to study and make recommendations to address the problem.
On Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, who was serving as acting governor during Gov. Phil Murphy’s out-of-state vacation, signed an executive order establishing an interagency task force to tackle the problem of bias incidents among students and young adults. The order was in reaction to the publication of a report by Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal showing what law-enforcement officials said is a “rising tide of hate” in New Jersey.