NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Reports of bias incidents in Middlesex County fell about 26% in 2018 from the previous year.

Almost 4 in 10 bias incidents, however, occurred at Rutgers-New Brunswick.

According to a report published by the New Jersey State Attorney General's Office on Wednesday, in 2018 there were countywide 75 incidents of bias - defined in the report as suspected or confirmed offenses committed against a person because of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ethnicity.

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In 2017, that number was 101.

The number of bias incidents at Rutgers fell from 32 in 2017 to 29 last year.

The report referenced that "Rutgers has been one of many university campuses across the country experiencing targeted recruitment by white supremacist groups, who are trying to transform the image of white supremacy from one that’s criminal and violent to one that is clean-cut and even intellectual."

TAPinto New Brunswick did not receive a response to an email seeking comment from Rutgers officials about the report.

The report showed the number of reported bias incidents in New Jersey last year rose to the highest level in seven years.

There were 569 reported bias incidents in 2018, the highest number since 2011, according to the report.

That prompted state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to say that the numbers show a “rising tide of hate” in New Jersey.

More than 25% of reported bias incidents in 2017 and 2018 occurred at colleges and universities — more than at any other type of location in both those years.

In response, the state has launched the Interagency Task Force to Combat Youth Bias to study the causes of hate, bias and intolerance in the state’s schools and universities and make recommendations to the governor on strategies to reduce them.

TAPinto New Brunswick did not receive a response to an email sent to a city spokesperson seeking the number of bias incidents in the city in 2018.