PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Put safety first. That is the message from a Camden non-partisan faith-based group to New Jersey Governor Christie when considering city, police and fire layoffs

Members of the Camden Churches Organized for People met in Camden calling on Governor Christie and other parties to take immediate action and find a solution to the city’s layoff crisis.

“Hear the cry of the poor to know that the decisions that are made will affect the people in the neighborhoods. It is the second most dangerous city in the country.” said Monsignor Bob McDermott of St. Joseph’s Pro Cathedral Church.

Monsignor Bob McDermott says they will reach out on Monday to Governor Christie to try and schedule a meeting.

Camden churches will hold prayer services at various Sunday morning services.

Reported By John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio.

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