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FBI warns of credible threats to synagogues in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY – The FBI has received credible information of a broad threat to synagogues in New Jersey.

The FBI asks that everyone take all security precautions to protect your community and facility.

“We are taking a proactive measure with this warning while investigative processes are carried out, FBI said.

Stay alert and in case of emergency call police.

“We have received information from our partners at the Federal Bureau of Investigations of a credible potential threat to synagogues in our State. I have been in communication with our federal partners, Colonel Callahan of the New Jersey State Police, Director Laurie Duran of the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, Director Pearl Minato of the Division of Criminal Justice, the 21 County Prosecutors, and law enforcement leaders across this state, to coordinate our response,” New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin said

“Law enforcement will be increasing patrols in sensitive areas. Some of these patrols will be in marked vehicles and others will not – but please do not be alarmed if you observe an increase in police presence as we are taking these steps in an abundance of caution. We also call upon New Jersey residents to be extra vigilant and if you see suspicious activity please report it to your local authorities without delay. We continue to work together to keep New Jersey safe, and let those who would bring harm to the residents of this State know that New Jersey will not be home to hate, intolerance or violence,” Platkin said.

“I am deeply concerned and outraged by today’s alert from the FBI. This is what happens after years of antisemitic comments from public figures, including, most recently, Kanye West, Kyrie Irving, and others. I’ve been in contact with law enforcement, the Governor, and local rabbis and congregations. I ask everyone to please stay vigilant and continue to look out for one another. Last year, New Jersey had the second highest number of recorded antisemitic incidents in the country. It is up to us to stand up and fight back against antisemitism,” U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer said.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and are working with local law enforcement to ensure that all houses of worship are protected,” Governor Phil Murphy said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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