FBI warns of broad threat to NJ synagogues as attorney general urges residents to be vigilant

New Jersey synagogues were placed on alert Thursday afternoon after the FBI said it had received credible information of a broad threat, to the Jewish congregations.

“We ask at this time that you take all security precautions to protect your community and facility,” FBI Newark wrote on its social media pages. “We will share more information as soon as we can. Stay alert. In case of emergency call the police.”

Gov. Phil Murphy said law enforcement officials are closely monitoring the situation.

Attorney General Matthew Platkin issues a statement Thursday evening about the threat, which has been deemed credible by law enforcement experts. He said his agency is working with other law enforcement leaders around the state to coordinate a response to the potential threat.

“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,” Platkin said. “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.”