On Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection provided me with a comprehensive tour and briefing on key security measures and technologies used at Newark Seaport to fight terrorism in our own backyard. As I explored the methods and techniques we employ to screen incoming cargo, detect dangerous substances, and block terrorist threats at American ports, I became more convinced than ever that the funding we’ve put into new port security measures is money well spent. But, terrorists are constantly adapting and changing, and we must remain one step ahead of them.

Earlier this year, I was proud to support $1.2 billion in extra funds for expanded overseas container inspections, radiation portal monitors at all ports, and more. As we remember the attacks on our nation five years ago next week, homeland security remains my top priority – and what keeps North Jersey safe at its ports, its airports, and its vast infrastructure targets keeps the nation safe.