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Please click the image/link below to download a fact sheet with detailed graphics and information on hate crimes reported to the FBI for New Jersey in 2022.

Image of the 2022 New Jersey Hate Crimes Fact Sheet

 

 

Fast Facts on New Jersey Hate Crime Incidents*

Bias Motivation Categories by Year

Bias Motivation Category 2020 2021 2022
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 267 148 726
Religion 136 40 305
Sexual Orientation 62 23 174
Disability 4 0 12
Gender 8 0 9
Gender Identity 8 15 56
Total: 485 226 1,282

Types of Crime

Crimes Against Persons 913 76.5%
Crimes Against Property 275 23.1%
Crimes Against Society 5 0.4%

Bias Motivation Categories

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 726 56.6%
Religion 305 23.8%
Sexual Orientation 174 13.6%
Disability 12 0.9%
Gender 9 0.7%
Gender Identity 56 4.4%

 


*2021 was the first year that the annual hate crimes statistics were reported entirely through the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).  As a result of the shift to NIBRS-only data collection, law enforcement agency participation in submitting all crime statistics, including hate crimes, fell significantly from 2020 to 2021.  


Case Examples

A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after he posted a manifesto online threatening to attack a synagogue and Jewish people.

According to evidence, on November 1, 2022, the defendant used social media to share a document he wrote titled, “When Swords Collide.” In the document, he admitted to targeting a synagogue, providing that “It’s in the context of an attack on Jews.” He used the document to threaten at least five people on social media.

Sentencing: https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/middlesex-county-man-sentenced-15-months-prison-communicating-threats-attack-synagogue

Guilty Plea: https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/middlesex-county-man-admits-communicating-threats-attack-synagogue

A New Jersey man admitted posting an online manifesto threatening to attack a synagogue and Jewish people.

On November 1, 2022, the defendant wrote and used social media to share a document entitled “When Swords Collide.” In this document, he admitted targeting a synagogue, providing that “It’s in the context of an attack on Jews.” He used the document to threaten at least five people on social media.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/middlesex-county-man-admits-communicating-threats-attack-synagogue

A man in New Jersey allegedly went to a synagogue in the middle of the night and maliciously attempted to damage and destroy it using a firebomb.

Surveillance footage shows the defendant walking up to the Temple Ner Tamid Jewish Congregation in Bloomfield, New Jersey and igniting a wick on the top of a bottle. He then threw the bottle at the front glass doors of the temple and fled on foot.

The defendant has been charged with one count of attempted use of fire to damage and destroy a building used in interstate commerce. He faces a up to 20 years in prison.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/passaic-county-man-arrested-attempt-firebomb-synagogue

A New Jersey man was sentenced for using an anonymizing text message service to threaten physical harm to a Black woman and her family in Maryland.

According to the plea, on April 14, 2020, the man began sending threatening messages, including racial epithets, to describe the Maryland woman and her family. He threatened to come to their home and harm them. The defendant wrote, among other things, that “I know where you live now, I’m coming to rape your family” and “eat my bullets.”

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/pr/new-jersey-man-sentenced-sending-threatening-communications-black-maryland-woman-and-her

The Department of Justice charged a New Jersey man with federal hate crimes for a series of violent assaults. The victims were all members of the Orthodox Jewish community in and around Lakewood, New Jersey.

According to the complaint, on April 8, the defendant attacked the first victim and stole his car. The victim was an Orthodox Jew. On three separate occasions that day, the defendant tried to drive a car into Orthodox Jewish pedestrians. On the first attempt, he struck a man causing serious injuries. On the second attempt, the defendant struck the victim, then exited his car and stabbed the victim in the chest with a knife. The third attack also struck an Orthodox Jewish victim, causing serious injuries.

Charges contained in a criminal complaint are serious. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/ocean-county-man-charged-federal-hate-crimes-series-violent-assaults-members-orthodox

Criminal Complaint: https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/press-release/file/1495646/download

A federal court sentenced a New Jersey man to one year and one day in prison for conspiring with members of a white supremacist hate group.

After joining the white supremacist group, “The Base," he began encouraging members to vandalize properties connected with African Americans and Jewish Americans.

The group called their plan “Kristallnacht,” or “Night of Broken Glass.” Kristallnacht was a notorious 1938 attack in which Nazis murdered Jewish people and destroyed their homes, synagogues, stores, and schools.

On September 21, 2019, members of “The Base” vandalized synagogues in Racine, Wisconsin, and Hancock, Michigan, spray painting them with hate symbols.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/new-jersey-man-sentenced-one-year-and-one-day-prison-conspiring-white-supremacists-vandalize

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/new-jersey-man-admits-conspiring-white-supremacists-vandalize-synagogues-across-country

News

April 22, 2024

New Jersey Man Charged with Federal Hate Crime for Breaking into Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University and Destroying Property


February 1, 2024

New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty to Series of Violent Assaults on Members of the Orthodox Jewish Community


November 27, 2023

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey


November 14, 2023

New Jersey Man Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Communicating Threats to Attack Synagogue


September 1, 2023

FBI Newark Encourages Hate Crime Reporting, Launches Unconventional Awareness Campaign


July 12, 2023

New Jersey Man Admits Communicating Threats to Attack Synagogue


February 1, 2023

New Jersey Man Arrested for Attempt to Firebomb Synagogue


July 19, 2022

New Jersey Man Sentenced for Sending Threatening Communications to Black Maryland Woman and Her Family


July 18 2022

Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke Delivers Keynote Speech at the NAACP Annual Convention: Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Memorial Luncheon


April 20, 2022

U.S. Attorney for District of New Jersey Announces Launch of Anti-Hate Crime Initiative


April 20, 2022

New Jersey Man Charged with Federal Hate Crimes for Series of Violent Assaults on Members of Orthodox Jewish Community


November 16, 2021

New Jersey Man Sentenced to One Year and One Day in Prison for Conspiring with White Supremacists to Vandalize Synagogues Across the Country


March 30, 2021

Statement of Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig Regarding Bias-Motivated Violence and Other Civil Rights Violations


February 26, 2021

New Jersey Man Admits Conspiring with White Supremacists to Vandalize Synagogues Across the Country


October 11, 2019

Former Bordentown Township Police Chief Will Be Retried On Hate Crime And Use Of Excessive Force Charges


October 9, 2019

Former Bordentown Township Police Chief Guilty of Lying to FBI


November 1, 2017

Former Bordentown Township Police Chief Charged with Hate Crime and Use of Excessive Force During Arrest


 

 

Resources

The resources below include specific examples, experiences, or information related to New Jersey.
Go to the Resources page to access all resources.

Publication | National Institute of Justice (OJP) | Researchers

Questioning Bias: Validating a Bias Crime Victim Assessment Tool in California And New Jersey


DOJ Offices

FBI Field Offices

FBI

 

Newark
Claremont Tower
11 Centre Place
Newark, NJ 07102

T: 973.792.3000
newark.fbi.gov

Philadelphia
William J. Green, Jr. Building
600 Arch Street, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106

T: 215.418.4000
philadelphia.fbi.gov


U.S. Attorney's Office

DOJ

 

New Jersey (Newark)
www.justice.gov/usao-nj/contact-us


CRS Regional Office

CRS

 

Northeastern Regional Office
26 Federal Plaza
Suite 36-118
New York, NY 10278

T: 212.264.0700
askcrs@usdoj.gov

Updated April 23, 2024