3 months, 2 weeks ago
Gov. Chris Christie continues to support New Jersey’s gun-control laws, a spokesman said today, even as his attorney general declines to defend one of the toughest laws of all in a major case before the state Supreme Court.
Twice last year, the Republican governor’s administration did not defend a state law on handgun permits that was being challenged in state appellate courts, attorneys in the cases and court officials told The Star-Ledger today.
Instead, Christie left it to county prosecutors to defend the state’s handgun law against constitutional challenges — a legal move that experts say is rare in New Jersey.
One of the cases, a lawsuit brought by Richard Pantano of Monmouth County, is now pending before the state Supreme Court. Christie’s attorney general — who usually defends all state laws in civil cases — is not participating in that case.
A spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office today confirmed they will defend the law instead of the attorney general.
In a separate case decided Monday, an appeals court upheld two gun-control measures and noted the attorney general “regrettably” declined to defend the state’s laws despite being the state’s “chief law enforcement officer.” The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office defended them instead.
“The governor supports New Jersey’s already tough gun laws,” Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said today …
Pantano’s case is probably the most important gun rights case ever brought in New Jersey, and concerns the state of New Jersey being a may-issue state and whether a citizen must prove to the CLEO that there is documented peril before getting a concealed carry permit.
Absent. That’s where Chris Christie’s attorney general is. Absent without leave, or if you wish UA (unauthorized absence). Oh, the attorney general has the approval from Christie to be absent, but not the electorate.
Remember, this is the man who would be running for President of the U.S. He supports New Jersey’s strong gun laws, but he doesn’t want to show the rest of red state America that he does by giving the progressive media a chance to highlight his gun grabber credentials before the world.
He is a coward, and his cowardliness doesn’t change the fact that he is a gun grabber from way back. He made is fame in New Jersey pushing tough gun laws. America should remember his duplicity when it comes time to enter the voting booth.
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