Cuomo, Christie discuss the region's terror threat

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Posted: Sep 15, 2014 6:13 PM
Cuomo, Christie discuss the region's terror threat

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal and state officials say New York and New Jersey are facing a daunting domestic terror threat fueled by mounting hostilities between the United States and Islamic State extremists

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio met Monday with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson in midtown Manhattan.

Cuomo said after the hourlong meeting that officials would be "in a state of denial" if they didn't believe recent international events have increased the threat to the region.

The session came a week after President Barack Obama told the country he is authorizing stepped-up airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Islamic State militants.

The governors say they will develop a coordinated security plan covering both states.