The Newark, New Jersey, field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Thursday afternoon issued an alert that it has received credible information of a “broad threat” to synagogues in New Jersey.
“We ask at this time that you take all security precautions to protect your community and facility. We will share more information as soon as we can. Stay alert,” the FBI tweeted. “We are taking a proactive measure with this warning while investigative processes are carried out.”
The tweets did not specify the nature of the threat or the extent of the measures underway.
The FBI encouraged calls to the police in case of emergency.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said that in response to the threat that he was working with law enforcement “to ensure that all houses of worship are protected,” and that he was in contact with the New Jersey Attorney General, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, and the local office of the FBI.