Newark FBI Chief Meets Orthodox Group Leaders

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -
L-R: Rabbi Mendy Husen, Chabad N.J.; Rabbi Abe Friedman, chaplain; Lakewood Mayor Menashe Miller; FBI Special Agent Aron T. Ford; Lakewood Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein; Rabbi Abe Lichtenstein, liaison; Rabbi Joel Friedman, liaison.
L-R: Rabbi Mendy Husen, Chabad N.J.; Rabbi Abe Friedman, chaplain; Lakewood Mayor Menashe Miller; FBI Special Agent Aron T. Ford; Lakewood Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein; Rabbi Abe Lichtenstein, liaison; Rabbi Joel Friedman, liaison.

Local leaders representing New York and New Jersey’s faith-based communities had an opportunity last week to get acquainted with FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford, who has been at the helm of the FBI’s Newark division since last April.

Fresh off the complicated task of orchestrating security measures at the Super Bowl, Ford vowed to continue a positive working relationship with all faith-based communities as he welcomed them to the bureau’s Newark field office.

Also in attendance was FBI Community Relations Officer Kimberly McDonald, who has a long history of working with the faith-based communities.

Among those who came to the meet-and-greet event was a delegation of Chabad representatives from New Jersey, as well as Mayor Menashe Miller of Lakewood. Miller thanked the FBI leadership for their continuous collaboration with Lakewood’s Jewish community and for their constant efforts to the maintain the safety of all Garden State residents.

Longtime law enforcement chaplain Rabbi Abe Friedman echoed those sentiments, telling SAC Ford that he looked forward to a continued positive relationship with the Newark field office.