TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy has announced the deployment of 500 New Jersey Army National Guard Troops to Washington, D.C. to bolster a force of 6,200 National Guard troops called up to provide additional security for the next 30 days, including the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on Jan 20.
The deployment will take place over the next several days, according to Murphy.
The governor also confirmed Thursday that 74 New Jersey State Troopers arrived in the nation's capital on Wednesday at the request of Mayor Muriel Bowse to augment patrols in and around the Capitol complex.
“Upon the request of the United States National Guard Bureau, I am authorizing the deployment of 500 members of the New Jersey National Guard to Washington, D.C. to protect our democracy and facilitate the peaceful transition of power," Murphy said, one day after a mob of President Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building as the US Senate and House of Representatives were voting to certify the official results of the Electoral College.
During a press conference Thursday in Washington, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said 1,100 National Guard troops from the nation's capital would be joined by Guard contingents from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Virginia.
Nearly 1,000 of those troops were posted to Capitol Hill by noon Thursday. The National Guard will be used to provide security around the city and behind a 7-foot high security barrier that was being erected Thursday around the Capitol.
Four people were killed and over 100 were arrested Wednesday afternoon, with additional arrests expected as the FBI, using IPhone photos and videos begin to track down those who forced their way in to the Capitol, tangling with police and occupying the Senate, the Rotunda, and congressional offices, including that of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"Our republic is built on the principles of democracy, peace, and the right of the American people to freely choose their leaders," Murphy added. "The brave men and women of our National Guard will be deployed in order to preserve these sacred principles. May God Bless America and our brave men and women in uniform.”
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