Christie Lashes Out At NYPD, Ray Kelly Over Surveillance Of Muslims In New Jersey

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn’t mincing words when it comes to what he thinks of NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims in the Garden State.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane On The Story

Christie says it can be dangerous when one agency investigates outside its jurisdiction and others are not aware of it.

Although he was U.S. Attorney when the operation took place, Christie, heard on NJ 101.5, said he can’t recall being briefed.

“None of us have any recollection of being briefed by NYPD or by FBI,” Christie said. “I have real concern about this.”

Christie then leveled his fire at New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and his refusal to apologize.

“He’s Ray Kelly, so what’re you gonna do? I mean, he’s all-knowing, all-seeing,” Christie said.

“And I don’t know all the details yet, but my concern is, you know, why can’t you be, you know, communicating with the people here in New Jersey, with law enforcement here in New Jersey. Are we somehow not trustworthy?” said Christie.

Kelly says Newark officers went along with the NYPD on these intelligence operations and they received a full report.

Christie says the NYPD thinks the world is their jurisdiction and the danger, he said, is that one agency cannot be aware of everything, and a lesson of 9/11 is that all levels of law enforcement need to communicate.

“This is New York Police Department. I know they think their jurisdiction is the world. Their jurisdiction is New York City. So if they’re going to leave their jurisdiction and go to investigate a case in another jurisdiction, it could be dangerous,” Christie said. “This is the way law enforcement people get hurt or killed, is when they’re not cooperating with each other, not communicating with each other.”

“I’m not saying they don’t belong in New Jersey, but tell us! Share it with the appropriate law enforcement agency,” Christie said. “My concern is this kind of obsession that the NYPD seems to have that they’re the masters of the universe.”

Christie’s comments have drawn praise from at least one Muslim leader in New Jersey.

“I’m so gratified. I’m honored to be a resident of the state of New Jersey under his leadership,” said Aref Assaf, head of the Paterson-based American Arab Forum. “He doesn’t mince words; he was unambiguous about the incursion of the NYPD into our state without proper protocols.”

A meeting is being held Saturday in Trenton with state and federal law enforcement officials to discuss the NYPD’s surveillance operations in New Jersey. Muslim leaders have been invited to attend.

What do you think of Christie’s criticism of Ray Kelly and the NYPD practice? Sound off in the comments section below.

Comments

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  1. Andy Vasvari says:

    So who thinks that a police issue?
    Cameras everywhere for controlling crime against life is very public issue.

  2. Ready, Set CRAP! says:

    GOVERNOR CHRISTIE AND SNOOKI: TWO PIGS IN A BLANKET FROM NJ.

  3. Bill says:

    So you think that this newly found “left turn” that you are making will get you re-elected… HUGE mistake Mr. You should start looking for a home now!!!!

  4. george Scott says:

    WHAT SC#MBAGS AT CBS NEW YORK FOR REFUSING TO PRINT MY RESPONSE ABOUT GOVERNOR CHRISTIE.
    IT MUST BE FUN BEING A COMMUNIST.

    1. george Scott says:

      HOW ABOUT PRINTING MY ORIGINAL STATEMENT ABOUT NY AND NYC POLITICIANS AND NYC P.C. KELLY.
      ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE TRUTH ???

  5. Governor Christie's Songs From The Hog Farm says:

    C’MON EVERYBODY SING. GOVERNOR CHRISTIE IS FAT FAT FAT AND THAT IS THAT THAT THAT LAST TIME HE SAT SAT SAT THE CHAIR WENT SPLAT SPLAT SPLAT.

  6. Niles Farmdugger says:

    3 FACTS: 1) Christie is a fat lover of corporate welfare and buckets of fried food. 2) Kelly and the NYPD are the only ones who are impressed by the NYPD. 3) The NYPD should stick to patroling the streets and preventing crime in the 5 boros of NYC and leave international terrorism investigations to the FBI.

  7. CHRISTIE IS FAT FAT FAT AND THAT'S THAT! says:

    CHRISTIE IS ABOUT TO OPEN HIS MOUTH AGAIN, NO WAIT IT’S JUST HIS TRUCKLOAD OF DINNER PULLING IN.

  8. stan says:

    Hey fat boy, who do you think attacked NY? Of course they should be monitored anywhere in the world.

    1. lisa says:

      what about the Oklahoma bombing?..McVeigh died a catholic man..maybe we should stalk all Catholics around the world…there are alot of brown-nose politicians out there..chanting words against things and ppl they dnt understand n stereotyping them so that they can win ballots..im glad there is someone like Christie who can stand up for what he sees to be true and just..NYPD have no reason 2 be in NJ w/out proper protocols., and that’s the bottom line!!

      1. John Moser says:

        McVeigh was an atheist…unless Catholic doctrine dictates that one should lie about being an atheist.

  9. paul says:

    Wow did anyone read the article? Christie says that the NYPD should inform the proper agencies when entering a different jurisdiction because it can lead to confusion with other cops and someone can get hurt.

    1. tom says:

      Paul – no, thats not the way it works in the comments section. People generally go off on their own agenda without regard to the article or facts. Very similar to the comments you see on Yahoo “news”.

  10. Yankee Fan says:

    I doubt you are the REAL FIreman Ed of NY Jets Game fame

  11. joe says:

    Glad this rotund POS isn’t running NY.

  12. joe says:

    Saying all the right things so he’s got a chance of getting named a VP…

  13. M.A.D says:

    Christie, shut up already!

  14. Jerrie says:

    Ray Kelly I salute You!!!!!! Good Darn Job

  15. Bullett says:

    I sometimes wonder governor, if voting for you was the right thing to do. Since becoming governor, what have you done for the residents of this state in regards to safety?

  16. Christie go away. says:

    That Jerk Christie has some gonads complaing about the NYPD. The state is famous for idiots like the Soprano Types and Jersey Shore wannabes. Worry about how the rst of the nation looks at New Jersey with it’s loudmouth low class, bullying Governor and leave others alone.

  17. SokrMom says:

    New Jersey is riddled with political corruption, has really, really bad schools in the major metropolitan areas, is incredibly overcrowded due to silly “fair housing” laws, and has a inequitable tax system that is making life very hard for the middle class–and all our governor can find to do with himself is to go on the rampage about overzealous anti-terrorism activities of the NYPD?? Next governor, please…

  18. W. Greene says:

    Christie plays both sides of the fence, if we have a terrorist attack, he would be the first politician to blame kelly for not preventing it.

    The vigilence is what’s keeping us safe.

  19. vince a says:

    This is a matter of national securuty!

    I wholeheartedly agree with Chairman Peter King. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly deserves a medal for his efforts in this regard. His good work and the work of the NYPD will keep good Americans safe, secure and alive, (including Muslim Americans)! He need not apologize to anyone. The White House occupier does more than enough of that.

    GOOD WORK COMMISSIONER! STEP IT UP AND KEEP IT UP!

  20. rocker90 says:

    Governor Christie needs to ban Jersey Shore first

  21. we says:

    Jersylicious and bikini hair cut are the best thing about nj

  22. Christie THE HOG WHO BECAME GOVERNOR says:

    YES THEY WERE CONCERNED THAT CHRISTIE WOULD OPEN HIS BIG MOUTH AND EAT EVERYONE BECAUSE HE’S A WILD HOG THAT’S OUT OF CONTROL!

    1. John Moser says:

      Wow, you’re importunate. As the fool so often is.

  23. craig says:

    are you people that stupid that you think its ok to keep an eye on the Muslims, what a paranoid bunch of ignorant morons you all are!

  24. NoOneYouKnow says:

    It’s sad to me that some Americans think that we should tear up the Constitution to keep ourselves safe from terrorism. The US has far more to lose from lawbreaking spies like the NYPD than it does from terrorists–particularly when the imaginary terrorists are Americans, like the Muslims the NYPD spied on.
    The NYPD is out of control: Illegal and racist stop and searches, planting drugs on innocent people, refusing to take or downgrading felony crimes to keep crime stats artificially low, lying about crimes stats, cops running guns, NYPD felony assaults on peaceful protesters, retaliation against reporters Kelly doesn’t like, constant lying to reporters by spokesman Paul Browne, retaliation against cop whistleblowers, illegally doing the CIA’s dirty work, claiming the technology to shoot down airliners, killing unarmed teenagers, ticket fixing, NYPD near-riots in protest of ticket-fixing prosecution, and much more, and no effective oversight. Bloomberg’s army is out of control.

    1. Leftist Swine. says:

      You are a leftist Moron who believes what they read. Go Occupy the Jersey Swamps like the low life you are.

      Prove any of your allegations, and what you read and hear is not proof.

      Only those who break the law have to fear the police and that is the way it should be.

    2. Yankee Fan says:

      You have insight most Americans do not. ,a nd New Yorkers, do not have. Very educational for the masses who probably have no idea how true your comments are

    3. John Moser says:

      Both are threats. That being said, only a fool would rather deal with Bin Laden than the Emperor Palpatine wannabe.

  25. r.smith says:

    They probably didnt tell Christie because they were concerned that he would open
    his big mouth and tell other people. H…he just cant help himself,,,,he is always
    thinking about his next press conference.

    1. John says:

      Oh. Mr. Smith is talking about Christie. When he implied the guy is a publicity hound I thought he meant Commissioner Kelly–who never saw a microphone he didn’t like and feels HE is master of the universe.
      John

  26. Love NYC says:

    Intelligence is a PROCESS. Information is not usually available to the community until after it has been analyzed. Just curious, what state were ‘persons of interest’ residing in before they drove a truck over to NYC? And which airport? Did anyone share information with NYPD then?

  27. farrodread says:

    Is this so difficult to understand.Communicate,communicate,communicate!!!!!!!!!!

  28. John W says:

    Hey,Governor,stop playing politics.Be thankful he is proactive in protecting the tri-state area.I dont see you doing anything to protect NJ.
    Do you think the FEDS tell you anything when they are doing investigations?
    There is only a certain ethnic radical group trying to destroy our country.Put your ego back in your pocket.

    1. AL K HOLIC says:

      I TAKE EXCEPTION TO YOUR COMMENT. GOV.CHRIST IS PROTECTING US NJERSIANS EVERYDAY BY EATING UP ALL THE TRANSFATS..THERE IS NO MORE LEFT IN NJ

    2. NoOneYouKnow says:

      Islam is a religion, not an “ethnic group.” Are Catholics an ethnic group? Why is this such a hard concept for some people?

  29. BARBARA says:

    cHRISTIE IS AN IDIOT – HE WILL BE THE DEATH OF ALL JERSIANS IF WE LET HIM – WHEREOWHERE IS CORZINE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Zeno546 says:

      Hopefully in jail

  30. Esmerelda says:

    Christie must think he’s living in some NJ reality show
    the way he makes comments.
    He should learn to keep quiet and not
    perpetually humiliate himself.

  31. You says:

    Oh please dont be so ridiculous!!! Unfortunately, this is the new price that must be paid for security of American citizens. Christie knows this. He is just playing the politically correct politican now.

    1. NoOneYouKnow says:

      If you want to pay the price of turning the US into a police state, why not just move to a police state? It must suck to be so scared that you’ll give away your freedoms.

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