TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – New Jersey State Troopers are headed to Washington D.C.

Gov. Phil Murphy made the announcement on Twitter after protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building.

“At the request of DC officials, I am deploying the [New Jersey State Police] to the District of Columbia to facilitate the peaceful transition of power & protect our democracy. We are prepared to deploy the [New Jersey National Guard] upon request,” Murphy wrote. “May God Bless America and our brave men and women in uniform.”

Murphy joined a chorus of Tri-State Area elected officials and leaders condemning the actions in Washington.

PhotosProtesters Storm U.S. Capitol Building

The New Jersey State Police tweeted they would be sending a contingent of 50 troopers.

The New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association responded to the riots on Twitter, saying, “The violence and attacks on police and our government have no place in our country.”

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