State of New Jersey
Executive Order #56

Acting Governor Richard J. Codey
WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey is committed to the prevention of gang activities and violence and to eradicating gangs from its communities; and

WHEREAS, on June 29, 2005 I signed into law legislation that created the Gang Land Security Task Force ("Task Force"), P.L. 2005, c.107; and

WHEREAS, the Task Force is charged with examining the activities of adult and youth gangs in the State and their effect on the State's communities; researching the conditions that foster the formation and operation of gangs; analyzing methods for the prevention of their formation and continuation; and evaluating the need for an office of gang land security within the Department of Law and Public Safety for ongoing review of these issues; and

WHEREAS, the Task Force will issue a report to the Governor and Legislature within 120 days of its organization, which report shall outline methods for the prevention of new gangs and elimination of existing gangs; intelligence gathering concerning gangs activities; and the reintegration of gang members into society; and

WHEREAS, the Task Force will be comprised of individuals from throughout the State who possess expertise relevant to this analysis; and

WHEREAS, it is essential that the Task Force members have the benefit of all available experts, resources and information as they conduct their analysis;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICHARD J. CODEY, Acting Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

  1. There is hereby established an Advisory Committee to the Gang Land Security Task Force (hereinafter the Advisory Committee). The Advisory Committee shall be composed of the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, or his designee, and four members appointed by the Governor as follows:

    1. Two local police directors with experience in combating gang activities;

    2. A representative of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, recommended by the League's Executive Director; and

    3. A mayor of an urban municipality, with experience in combating gang activities. The mayor appointed by the Governor may name a designee to participate on the Advisory Committee in the mayor's absence.

  2. The members of the Advisory Committee shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor and shall not receive compensation for their service on the Advisory Committee.

  3. The Advisory Committee shall work in close conjunction with the Gang Land Security Task Force, and shall lend their expertise in providing the Task Force with the Committee's thoughts and recommendations as requested by the Task Force.

  4. The Advisory Committee is authorized to call upon any department, office, division or agency of this State to supply it with records and other information, personnel or assistance that it deems necessary to discharge its duties under this Order. Each department, officer, division or agency of this State is hereby required, to the extent not inconsistent with law, to cooperate with the Advisory Committee and to furnish it with such records, information, personnel and assistance as is necessary to accomplish the purposes of this Order.

  5. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 4th day
of October in the Year of Our Lord, Two
Thousand and Five, and of the Independence
of the United States, the Two Hundred and Thirtieth.

/s/ Richard J. Codey

Acting Governor



/s/ Paul T. Fader

Chief Counsel to the Governor