New York City police didn’t violate New Jersey laws in surveillance of Muslim businesses, mosques, and student groups, Gov. Chris Christie’s administration said after a three-month review, the Associated Press reports. The review rejected demands by Muslim leaders for a formal investigation and for restrictions on cross-border police operations.
New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, a Christie appointee, met with Muslim leaders yesterday to discuss the review findings. He said New Jersey state officials and the New York Police Department have a new agreement to meet regularly to exchange information. A new directive also strengthens notification rules when New Jersey law enforcement learn of operations by outside agencies. “We remain committed to striking the appropriate balance of ensuring the safety of our citizens through vigilance in fighting terrorism, while not undermining the public’s confidence in how we approach that mission,” Chiesa said. The interstate surveillance efforts were disclosed by AP, angering many Muslims and New Jersey officials.