AG disturbed by reports of NYPD surveillance in N.J.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. says he’s disturbed by what he’s read about the New York Police Department conducting surveillance of mosques and Islamic student organizations in New Jersey.
Mr. Holder says the Justice Department is reviewing the matter.
The attorney general told a Senate hearing Thursday he has spoken to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who strongly emphasized his concerns about the surveillance program.
Mr. Christie has criticized the New York Police Department for what he and other New Jersey officials have described as less than full coordination and disclosure to them of what was going on.
Mr. Holder didn’t say whether he was more concerned about the lack of coordination or the surveillance itself. introduction for Republican Newt Gingrich, whose future as a presidential candidate rests in Mississippi and Alabama.
“I can tell you right now, he’s tired. He needs your prayers,” former state Sen. Lee Yancey told a half-full Jackson hotel ballroom before the former House speaker took the stage.
Gingrich aides have said the candidate needs to win Alabama and Mississippi Tuesday to justify staying in the race. He scrapped weekend plans to campaign in Kansas ahead of the Saturday caucuses to stay in the South, his adopted home and the only place he’s won in the 2012 campaign.
“I want your help next Tuesday so we can win the Republican nomination,” Mr. Gingrich flatly told the group, his voice a little rough.
Maj. Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo of Brazil, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, wipes a tear as she receives the 2012 International Women of Courage Award at the State Department on Thursday. Maj. Azevedo, of the Rio de Janeiro military police, was recognized for her work shutting down drug- dealing operations and arresting gang members.