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NYPD Surveillance: NJ Muslims To Meet With State Attorney General To Discuss Spying

By SAMANTHA HENRY 05/21/12 09:46 PM ET AP

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NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 24: Female Muslim Rutgers students attend a news conference along with other students and Muslim community leaders on the campus of Rutgers University to address allegations over surveillance of students and other members of the Muslim community by the New York Police Department (NYPD) on February 24, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. The NYPD has come under renewed criticism following revelations that officers crossed into New Jersey to conduct surveillance on Newark and area mu

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Muslim leaders who attended a March meeting with the state's attorney general say they've been invited back this week for a follow-up discussion.

It will focus on the state's response to revelations that the New York Police Department conducted secret surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey.

Muslim leaders and others critical of the NYPD's activities hope the AG will announce at Thursday's meeting a formal investigation into the NYPD's activities in New Jersey, although several privately expressed doubt that would be the result.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker spoke out against the program at the time. The NYPD conducted operations in Newark.

NYPD officials have defended it as lawful.

A spokesman for the attorney general's office says the meeting will be private and declined to comment further.

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