Jersey speaks: Christie and Booker voice concern over NYPD surveillance

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Briefing: Ray Kelly. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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New Jersey officials are against having their college students and residents put under surveillance by the New York Police Department, for the record.

Governor Chris Christie called a report on the police tactics "disturbing," and Mayor Cory Booker of Newark said he was "very disturbed" and feared the NYPD may have been acting "based on no more than religious affiliation."

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie said news that NYPD was spying on N.J. college students was "disturbing" and that he'd leave it to N.J.'s state attorney general to "get to the bottom of it." [Hannan Adely, Nick Clunn and Peter Sampson]

Newark mayor Cory Booker is "very concerned" that the NYPD may have been putting people under surveillance "based on no more than religious affiliation." [Star Ledger]

"'If anyone in my police department had known this was a blanket investigation of individuals based on nothing but their religion, that strikes at the core of our beliefs and my beliefs very personally, and it would have merited a far sterner response,' Newark Mayor Cory Booker said." [Associated Press]

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