Jim Johnson Statement on Wave of Bomb Threats at Jewish Community Centers
NEWARK, N.J. — In response to today’s CNN article about the wave of bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers nationwide, gubernatorial candidate Jim Johnson said:
“The surge of bomb threats targeting Jewish Community Centers in New Jersey and around the country is serious and frightening. Clearly, these threats are anti-Semitic in nature. While no one has been harmed, it is imperative that law enforcement officials continue to investigate these threats and that community members remain vigilant. Protecting our community centers and places of worship is crucial for the security of our country, the health of our democracy and the spirit of our neighborhoods.”
As Under Secretary of the Treasury, President Clinton appointed Johnson as co-chair of the National Church Arson Task Force to investigate hundreds of church burnings in the South and prevent future arsons. The probe eventually expanded to all houses of worship, including mosques and synagogues. The investigation contributed to a 34 percent arrest rate, more than double the 16 percent rate of arson arrests nationwide.