New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pushed back against the idea that police officers had a problem with race when executing their duties as law enforcement officials.
During a visit to Asbury Park, Christie was asked about the uproar in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting death of an African-American teenager by a police officer.
Christie’s comment was met by cheers and applause from tourists and New Jersey residents watching the interview on the boardwalk.
Christie also expressed his faith in the rule of law and the justice system to properly handle the situation in Ferguson.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) surprised political observers when he acknowledged that African-American citizens rightfully feel targeted by law enforcement.
However, Christie refused to criticize police officers as violence in the Ferguson community increased.