NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Hundreds of New Jersey residents — including current and former law enforcement officers — are members of the far-right extremist Oath Keepers group, according to a report.
An analysis of hacked membership rolls by WNYC/Gothamist found more than 500 people with New Jersey addresses listed in the data. Dozens of law enforcement officers, as well as other first responders, have joined the anti-government militia over the past decade, the analysis found.
Officials are more tightly scrutinizing the Oath Keepers after the group’s presence at the Jan. 6 U.S. capitol insurrection. The militia has claimed to have more than 30,000 dues-paying members and is considered an extremist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.
The analysis comes after WNYC/Gothamist revealed active NYPD members were listed in the data as Oath Keeper members, prompting an investigation by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The membership rolls do not include information on involvement, though several contacted by WNYC/Gothamist claimed they