:A body camera from Taser is seen during a press conference at City Hall September 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department is embarking on a six- month pilot program where 250 body cameras will be used by officers. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Christie: I've been an advocate for police body cameras
00:47 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said there is “a lot of work to do” to ease tensions between police officers and the communities they serve.

“That’s why I’ve advocated for body cameras for law enforcement,” Christie told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview that aired Wednesday morning.

Christie, a former U.S. attorney and potential GOP presidential contender, said body cameras would benefit both police officers and the public.

“I think law enforcement should want to have what they do recorded for their own safety and protection and for the safety and protection of those they served,” he said.

Christie also pointed to Camden, New Jersey as “a great example of what can be done across the country.”

The city, which is the poorest and most dangerous in New Jersey, has seen a 55% drop in crime, Christie said, following efforts to improve interactions between the mostly minority community and police officers.

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