Christie Declines To Defend N.J. Gun Laws, Sparking Criticism
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December 31, 2013


TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s administration declined to defend two of New Jersey’s toughest gun laws in a high-profile case decided Monday by a state appeals court.

The court upheld both laws anyway, finding that New Jersey has a "well-established record" of policing firearms and can place strict requirements on people seeking permits to carry concealed handguns.

But in an 86-page opinion by Judge Jane Grall, the court added that Christie’s attorney general "regrettably" chose not to defend the state’s laws — an unusual move that administration officials did not comment on Monday.

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