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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Jeffrey S. Chiesa
Back in the summer, few in New Jersey raised an eyebrow when the police commissioner in Newark reporting to Mayor Cory A. Booker suddenly imposed a policy refusing to assist federal officials trying to deport illegal immigrants.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday tapped Jeffrey S. Chiesa, the state's Republican attorney general and a longtime adviser, to the Senate seat left open by the passing earlier this week of Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, sending Mr. Chiesa to Washington just in time for high-profile legislative scraps over immigration and taxpayer-funded farm subsidies.
New York City police did not violate New Jersey laws when they conducted surveillance of Muslim businesses, mosques and student groups, Gov. Chris Christie's administration said Thursday following a three-month review, rejecting demands by Muslim leaders for a formal investigation and a clampdown on cross-border police operations.
Mr. Chiesa told reporters has no plans to run for the Senate seat, leaving a wide-open race for the slot that will include party primary elections in August.
"I'll use my best judgment and the skill that I have to conduct myself in the way that I hope will make everybody in New Jersey proud, and to do everything I can to advance the interests of the people that live here as I've tried to do in all the positions that I've had the honor to have," he said.