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July 20, 2016

New Jersey State Police sent to Republican National Convention

Part of a mutual aid agreement, the deployment will not cost NJ taxpayers

New Jersey has sent 26 state troopers to the Republican National Convention in Ohio to assist with the 50,000 people and expected protests, reports.

The troopers form part of a security detail patrolling areas of Cleveland surrounding the Quicken Loans Arena.

A spokesperson told that troopers will be "keeping the peace and providing protection for members of the public, attendees to the convention and the protesters, as well."

More than 5,500 police officers from around the U.S. are assigned to provide security.

As many as 10,000 protesters are expected.

New Jersey troopers joined state police from Delaware, Massachusetts and Maine.

The deployment is part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a multistate mutual-aid agreement. The agreement allows emergency resource sharing during states of emergency and major events.

Requesting states pay the costs of mutual aid agreements.

The 26 troopers are in addition to the executive security detail assigned to Gov. Chris Christie, a key advisor to Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee.

Christie is scheduled to speak at the convention.

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