Friday, March 2, 2012

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie critical of NYPD surveillance secrecy

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sharply criticized the New York Police Department on Wednesday for not informing federal law enforcement agencies — at least to his knowledge — about their secret surveillance of Muslims in Newark.

Christie has said he doesn't recall being briefed about the spying in 2007, while he was the state's top federal prosecutor.

Speaking Wednesday night on Townsquare Media's "Ask the Governor" radio program, the governor said the Department of Justice's Joint Terrorism Task Force should have been advised. He questioned whether the NYPD's secrecy was "born out of arrogance or paranoia."

"I know they think they their jurisdiction is the world. Their jurisdiction is New York City," Christie said, adding: "My concern is this kind of affectation that the NYPD seems to have that they are the masters of the universe."

Christie's comments come in response to a series of stories by The Associated Press that detailed the monitoring or recommended surveillance of Muslims in New York and surrounding states, including New Jersey and Connecticut, by the NYPD. Read More