NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie met with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday to discuss ways to secure the region from what they described as a mounting terror threat fueled by Islamic State extremists.
The governors, along with Mayor Bill de Blasio, emerged from the meeting in midtown Manhattan saying they would develop a coordinated security plan covering both states.
The session came a week after President Barack Obama told the country he is authorizing stepped-up airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Islamic State militants.
As CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported, U.S. military forces conducted two air strikes against Islamic State militants near Sinjar and southwest of Baghdad.
“The President is making it clear that we have a larger role in Iraq and Syria, and it’s not just to provide some technical assistance,” said U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) “We are going to be a major
As the airstrikes happened, the now-familiar anti-terror squads were evident in Midtown, CBS 2’s Lou Young reported.
“We’re increasingly concerned about domestic based potential acts of terrorism, particularly as groups overseas become more sophisticated in their own propaganda,” Johnson said.