NJ senator touts increased funds for port security

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., smiles as he prepares to vote in the general election in Cliffside Park, N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Mike Derer)

July 20, 2010 9:47:21 AM PDT
Funding for port security and the Coast Guard would increase under a homeland security bill put forth by U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

The New Jersey Democrat and new chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee announced the bill's funding levels at Port Newark on Tuesday.

The bill increases funding for overall port security by $50 million, to $350 million. New Jersey received about $50 million for port security last year.

The bill also avoids the threatened elimination of five Coast Guard quick-response security teams, including one that is assigned to the New York-New Jersey ports region.

Lautenberg also wants stricter penalties for people who intentionally breach airport security. A Rutgers graduate student caused massive delays when he breached security at Newark airport in January.