The Star-Ledger
October 22, 2009

[efoods]A casual chat at a coffee cart in Newark Liberty International Airport sparked a national security threat and a full-blown U.S. Secret Service investigation yesterday on the eve of President Obama’s visit to the state.

John Brek, 55, of Linden was charged yesterday with a third-degree count of making terroristic threats after two airport employees alerted police to comments Brek made about Obama on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. As part of the investigation, armed police officers swarmed Brek’s Hampden Street home in a predawn raid yesterday, neighbors said.

The police found 43 guns, said Paul Kelly, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

While authorities have not finished processing the weapons, so far none of them appear to have been illegally acquired, Kelly said.

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