By David Madden

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — With tensions rising between minorities and police across the country, New Jersey’s governor suggests the country look to Camden, NJ as a way for both sides to work together.

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Appearing Monday night on a live interview program aired on NJTV, Gov. Chris Christie pointed to the city that had been known just a couple of years ago as the most violent in America.

“We have worked incredibly hard — the state and the county and the local government — to reëstablish law and order in Camden, but to do it in a way where the community feels empowered,” he said.

And Christie points to statistics such as the 58% reduction in the murder rate as proof that those efforts are working.

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More to the point, he says, there is more cooperation between residents and police.

Christie believes Camden’s experience could serve as a model for other cities in the state, and the nation, to emulate.

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