JACKSON, Miss.--If looters try anything in New Jersey, they just might be facing a badge shaped like the State of Mississippi this week. Fifty state troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol's Special Operations Group left Sunday in vehicles loaded with supplies to keep them there for 15 days.
The troopers have not received their official orders, but are on the way at the request of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, to help keep law and order in that state, ravaged by Hurricane sandy last week.
The troopers were only able to speculate on what their duties may end up being when they get to the northeast. They are leaving their families to help in an event that some Mississippians see as very similar to what happened here with Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Mississippi got help from all over the country in the aftermath.
Mississippi taxpayers are not paying for the troopers' services while they are in New Jersey. That state will foot the bill.