NEW JERSEY (FOX 5 NEWS) - A big battle is playing out in Bayonne, New Jersey, over plans to build an Islamic center. Demonstrators on both sides were out in force Tuesday ahead of a zoning board hearing. The meeting got testy at times with more than 200 people for and against the planned center.
Several police officers stood guard and the crowd spilled into the hallway as the zoning board heard from people on both sides. Plans call for converting a warehouse on the east side of town into a community center for prayer and other meetings.
Many residents questioned just how many people would attend the many prayer services during the day. Others wondered about traffic problems. Questions many say were unanswered.
Melanie Flora lives on the other side of the proposed site. She says her objections aren't based on religion. She is asking for answers about the plans and says she is not getting them. Others, like John White, say issues of national security should be on the table for discussion. Imtiaz Syed says that sentiment is misguided.
The zoning board won't rule until at least March.