A Newark Airport security guard was arrested for making threats against President Obama on the eve of Wednesday’s campaign visit to New Jersey.
Gun-loving John Brek, 55, of Linden, N.J., was taken into custody after his co-workers reported a conversation they had at an airport coffee cart to authorities.
He was charged under state law with making terroristic threats against the president.
Brek is a Republican and a member of the National Rifle Association, his father told the Newark Star-Ledger.
A search of Brek’s home turned up 43 firearms – although they all appeared to be registered weapons, officials said.
Obama is flying in Air Force One to Newark Airport for a Wednesday campaign stop with fellow Democrat Gov. John Corzine.
Authorities did not reveal the nature of Brek conversation. He is employed by Long Island-based FJC Security Services Inc., which has a security contract with the Port Authority.
The company said they it is “continuing to work with the authorities on this matter” but declined further comment.
No federal charges were filed in the case, said Malcolm Wiley, spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service.
Wiley said Brek has denied making threats.