A group of Muslim residents, imams and businesses in New Jersey have appealed last month's ruling by a U.S. District Court judge to dismiss their case against the City of New York that challenged the legality of a police surveillance program.

The appeal was filed Friday morning, one month after Judge William Martini dismissed Hassan v. City of New York, which alleged that surveillance by New York City police violated constitutional rights by targeting Muslims on the basis of religion.

Martini said the plaintiffs did not show discrimination or injury, and that any harm they suffered would have been caused not by the surveillance itself, but by news reporting of the secret surveillance by the Associated Press. The appeal was filed in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

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