Christie Blames Unrest on Lack of Obama Leadership

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday that the violent protests in Ferguson and around the country comes since people are deeply anxious because of a lack of leadership and that President Barack Obama is at least partly to blame.

“Listen, I think that what’s happening there is tragic,” the Republican governor and potential presidential candidate said. “I think everyone has a right to protest, but those protesters need to be nonviolent.”

After referring to deep national anxiety, Christie put some of the blame on the White House.

“The country has anxiety over lots of things, and the only thing that clears up anxiety is leadership and direction,” he said. “And I think the country needs more leadership and more direction and less division.”

Asked if he was blaming Obama, Christie said: “I’m suggesting lots of people have responsibility for that … not just the president. He’s just one of them.”