U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said it was "disturbing." Newark Mayor Cory Booker described it as a major civil rights violation.

But the bulk of New Jersey voters — 70 percent of them, to be exact — believe the New York Police Department was doing "what is necessary to combat terrorism” when officers crossed the Hudson River to document the activity of Muslims in Newark, New Brunswick, Princeton and other corners of the Garden State, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

"New Jerseyans reject that recent media brouhaha over checking up on Muslims in New Jersey by New York City police. Welcome, New Jersey voters tell the cops from across the Hudson," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "They don’t think the NYPD transgressed jurisdictional lines."

The world's largest police department has been under fire for months, ever since the Associated Press leaked a series of documents and internal reports that revealed the NYPD was involved in an elaborate surveillance plot to track where Muslims ate, prayed and congregated...