AG dis­turbed by re­ports of NYPD sur­veil­lance in N.J.

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

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.

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