Report: Photographing Christie protesters ‘an overzealous security measure’

New Jersey’s acting attorney general called the State Police’s practice of photographing protesters at Gov. Chris Christie’s town hall events “an overzealous security measure,” according to a published report.

While delivering remarks with U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman at an anti-violence summit in Piscataway, Acting Attorney General John Hoffman made the comment nearly a week after his office ordered the State Police to refrain from snapping photographs at the governor’s town halls.

“I thought that it was a bit of an overzealous security measure,” Hoffman said about the photographs, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Last week, Hoffman ordered an inquiry into who ordered the pictures be taken.

The attorney general’s office was responding to a report of a plainclothes individual who later identified himself as a member of the State Police snapping photographs of protesters at Christie’s South River town hall.

Report: Photographing Christie protesters ‘an overzealous security measure’