Former Attorney General Tells NJ Today: NY/NJ Surveillance Worked Both Ways

March 23, 2011 — Montclair, NJ — The surveillance of Muslims by the NYPD in New Jersey has drawn criticism from Gov. Chris Christie, former Gov. Richard Codey, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and many Muslims. Former New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey sat down with NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider Friday and said that surveillance between New York and New Jersey “absolutely” worked both ways during undercover operations.

“The NYPD was conducting undercover operations throughout New York and New Jersey…our law enforcement were conducting undercover operations in New Jersey that spilled over to New York…(it) absolutely worked both ways. Think of it this way: if we were identifying an organized crime group or narcotics group that operated in northern New Jersey, they would go into New York…we would follow them into New York …we would track their purchases of narcotics, their distribution of narcotics…their purchase and sale of guns. The fact that they had crossed through a tunnel or crossed a bridge would be of little or no consequence.”

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