Christie Condemns Gang Violence In MLK Day Speech

PLAINFIELD, N.J. (1010 WINS) — Speaking at a Martin Luther King Jr. event in Plainfield Monday, Gov. Chris Christie expressed his condolences to the family of a teen gunned down over the weekend.

Shawne Lovely, 16, was shot and taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in critical condition Saturday. He was pronounced dead early Sunday morning.

Christie used his speech at the annual “Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast” at Plainfield High School to lash out at continuing gang-related violence in the city and pledged the state’s support to stop it.

“I spoke to the mayor. Myself and the attorney general are prepared to meet with her and the law enforcement leaders here in Plainfield, to try to come up with a solution.”

The governor also invoked the teachings of Dr. King, who Christie described as a “man who understood that violence was not a solution to violence.”

“The death of any of our citizens does not cure the problems that we have in our society,” he said.

Christie blamed the senseless violence on the lack of hope amongst youth and said education was the key to giving them a life worth living.

“Hope is what can transform a family. Hope is what transforms an individual’s soul,” he said.

  • Westfieldtaxpayer

    1st of all it’s seldom Black on Black … It’s Black on Latino and visaversa …. 2nd it’s Turf, Gang, and Drugs… I’m not so sure these are random killings… It’s the same 2 streets everyday.Until the parents start keeping these kids inside after 10, these crimes won’t Curve downwards…

  • sosonj

    As U.S. Attorney, Chritie never prosecuted gangs or illegal gun possesion. As a political hack, Christie foolowed the dictates of the Bush Dept of Justice to prosecute Democrats. Less cops because of Christie’s policies combined with guns and gangs equals murder. Same taxes, less services, a Christie killing.

  • CantGetaName

    I agree with Kris however in the current society gangs are more of one’s family than anything else and much of today’s youth violence is initiation into the Family.

  • Kris in AL


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