FBI in NJ reports credible threat against synagogues
NEWARK — The FBI says it has received credible information about a broad threat to synagogues in New Jersey.
"The FBI has received credible information of a broad threat to synagogues in NJ. We ask at this time that you take all security precautions to protect your community and facility," the message said.
"We are taking a proactive measure with this warning while investigative processes are carried out," the FBI said.
The FBI did not disclose a specific threat or location. ABC News, citing unnamed law enforcement sources, said it was not a bomb threat.
"ADL of New York/New Jersey is working with @FBINewark as they mobilize to address this credible threat. We advise that synagogues and other Jewish organizations remain calm and in heightened state of alert," Anti-Defmation League Regional Director Scott Richman said.
Ocean County Sheriff Mike Mastronardy said that police presence is being increased in Lakewood, which has the largest Jewish population in the state. He said he is not aware of a specific threat to a facility in the county.
"We're taking the necessary precautions to increase our security around our two synagogues," Bradley Beach Police Chief Leonard Guida told New Jersey 101.5. "I'm coordinating with the rabbis."
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