State officials are taking aim at gun violence in New Jersey's largest city.

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Acting Attorney General John Hoffman on Wednesday announced a strategy that will target Newark's most violent neighborhoods.

Hoffman says more state troopers and police officers will be deployed and they'll aggressively arrest gang members, repeat offenders and drug dealers who carry guns in public.

Those arrested and convicted of carrying guns in public will also face longer mandatory prison terms.

Hoffman credits a similar initiative with stemming gun violence in Trenton, which had 37 murders in 2013.

Newark reported 111 murders last year, the highest total for the city since 1990.

 

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