Campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination Saturday, Gov. Chris Christie said he’ll likely pardon several out-of-staters legally permitted to carry their firearms in their home states who have been recently arrested in New Jersey under the Garden State’s tough gun laws.
Elizabeth J. Griffith, of Daytona Beach, Fla., was arrested by U.S. Park Police on July 14 during a visit to Liberty State Park in Jersey City and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. She could face a ten year prison sentence because her Florida state-issued permit to carry a handgun is not recognized by New Jersey.
“We’ve done it right from the beginning,” said Christie, “and we’ll continue do it.”
Standing on the corner of Mulberry and Park Streets in downtown during its annual Irish Fest in Waterloo, Christie had spent the previous day answering questions at town halls in Dubuque and Cedar Falls. He was headed into an afternoon of meeting voters at a NASCAR race and donors at a summer soiree at the home of multimillionaire Iowa hog and soybean farming magnate, Bruce Rastetter.
But amidst kilt-wearing Celtic well-wishers seeking selfies and with the scent of a nearby vendor’s corned beef wafting through the summer air, Christie said he supported introducing a firearm permit reciprocity law that would honor out-of-state gun carry permits, but didn’t expect the Democratic-controlled legislature to cooperate.