Washington, DC - Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement after several Jewish centers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware – including the Katz Jewish Community Center and Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey in Cherry Hill– were evacuated Monday amid a series of bomb threats to Jewish institutions nationwide. Last week, 158 members of Congress, including Congressman Pallone, signed a letter urging federal agencies to take “swift action” to address threats to the Jewish community in recent weeks.

“These threats against our brothers and sisters in the Jewish community are completely unacceptable,” said Pallone. “New Jersey is one of the most diverse states in the country and it is imperative that we send a strong message that we will not tolerate this bigotry. I will do everything within my power to ensure that the federal government provides local and state authorities with whatever resources are necessary to investigate and prosecute these hate crimes. There can be no ambiguity from those charged with our nation’s security about the seriousness of these crimes.”