- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie says the state’s efforts to rebuild Camden can be used in other cities in the state.

The city is among the most impoverished in the country.

Christie visited the Camden repeatedly last year, bonding with football players, committing money to school nutrition programs and rebuilding a high school.

He is also praising the drop in crime that has come since a county-run police force replaced the old city police.

Business development has also blossomed largely because of a 2013 law that gives companies major incentives for moving in.

Christie says he demanded partnerships and accountability from new leaders in Camden, which helped lead to improvement. He cited drops in the murder rate and violent crime.

The city’s mayor, police chief and schools superintendent attended the speech.

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