June 21, 2017
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TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie on Monday pardoned two more out-of-state residents — both of whom are military veterans — who were convicted of carrying their legally owned firearms into New Jersey.
The Republican governor pardoned both Michael A. Golden of New Mexico and James Michael Thaddeus Peterson of North Carolina.
Golden, 68, was arrested in November 2013 for having a handgun in a Mahwah hotel room in November 2013. Golden, who served as a U.S. Army medic in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart, was sentenced to one year of probation and was fined.
Pederson, 42, was arrested in July 2014 in Runnemede for possessing a handgun after an altercation involving a traffic incident. Pederson, who was a corporal in the Marine Corps and now serves as Director of Veterans Services for Moore County in North Carolina, was also sentenced to one year of probation and was fined.
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Under New Jersey law, people with gun permits from out of state must keep their weapons unloaded and locked in their vehicle’s trunk or stored in a secure container when they travel through the Garden State.
Christie has now signed 14 gun-related pardons in his seven and a half years as governor. Most have come in the years since he announced his bid for the Republican nomination for president in 2015. During the campaign, Christie vowed to pardon any legal gun owner ensured by New Jersey’s notoriously tough gun laws, which are among the strictest in the nation.
“We need to be smarter about the way we do this,” Christie said in Iowa in 2015. “What I don’t want is for folks to feel like they can’t come into our state, and be able to travel through it, or visit it, and have to make sure they go on the internet and look up exactly how you’re supposed to be dealing with the gun laws.”
Many of those pardoned have been military veterans.
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