A New Jersey State Police trooper was shot in the leg early Thursday while on patrol near the Paterson home of Representative Bill Pascrell Jr., who called gun violence a “plague on America” and said he was heading back from Washington, D.C., to check on his wife and neighbors.
“If a shooting can happen on the street of a member of Congress, it can happen anywhere,” Mr. Pascrell, a Democrat who has been in Congress since 1997, said in a statement that indicated the violence occurred “feet from his house.”
“I am very happy my wife is all right,” he added.
The officer is hospitalized with a leg wound but is expected to survive, state officials said.
Matthew J. Platkin, the state’s attorney general, who oversees the State Police, confirmed the shooting but offered no details about what had happened.
“We remain steadfast in our commitment to end gun violence in our state,” he said in a statement.
The officer was surrounded by relatives and friends and was in “great spirits,” according to the governor.
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