Recent reports have claimed that Sen. Richard Codey granted an order in 2005 when he was governor that allowed the NYPD to conduct surveillance on Muslims in New Jersey. Codey sat down with NJToday Managing Editor Mike Schneider to clarify his actions, saying the scope of the NYPD was supposed to be limited to the railroads and ferry terminals.
Codey said after the train bombings in London, he decided to allow the NYPD access to the railroads and ferry terminals to protect New Jersey commuters. “There’s nothing in there about espionage, there’s nothing in there about profiling people in any way, shape or form,” Codey said.
He defended his decision to give the NYPD access to the commuting channels. “It was the right thing to do with law enforcement to protect the people of New Jersey,” he said. Codey added that the threat of terrorism is real, citing that New Jersey has “the two most dangerous miles between Newark Airport and the ports.”
Codey also said the influence of political bosses on the Legislature upset him, saying it was the worst he’s seen in the 39 years since he’s been in office. One example of a negative result he cited was with the Meadowlands. He said racetracks in other states, including Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York, are permitted to have slot machines and New Jersey is losing money.
Codey also didn’t rule out a run for the governor’s office.