Domestic terrorism and violent extremism are growing threats in the United States. The FBI recorded 9,049 open domestic terrorism cases in fiscal year 2021, a 357% increase over the number of open domestic terrorism cases in fiscal year 2013. Many of the terrorism incidents The most violent domestic crimes in the United States today are perpetrated by individuals who have been radicalized by racist, homophobic, ethnocentric, or anti-government ideologies – ideologies widely propagated by extremist hate groups.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit legal advocacy group, there were 1,224 active hate and anti-government groups in the United States in 2022. These groups include those with separate chapters in cities across the country, such as the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, the Ku Klux Klan and ACT for America. Although specific views vary between these and other groups, they are generally all galvanized by the reduction of government power or hatred toward individuals of certain races, religions, ethnicities, or sexual orientations.
The SPLC identified 22 hate and anti-government groups active in New Jersey in 2022. Accounting for population, this results in approximately 2.4 extremist groups for every million residents, the eighth lowest concentration among states.
The number of hate groups operating in the state has increased by 83.3% since 2021. Extremist groups active in New Jersey today include 16 anti-government groups and two white nationalist groups.
All data in this story comes from the SPLC report The Year in Hate & Extremism 2022.
|Rank||State||Extremist groups per 1 million inhabitants, 2022||Total number of extremist groups, 2022||1 year. change in active extremist groups (%)|
|11||Caroline from the south||5.8||30||76.5|