Washington (CNN)New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday pardoned a Marine sergeant with New Hampshire ties over a gun charge.
Sgt. Joshua Velez, a Massachusetts resident who works as recruiter in New England — including in the first-in-the-nation primary state — was arrested over Labor Day weekend after a traffic stop in the Garden State turned up an unloaded handgun in his vehicle’s glove compartment.
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Nicole Sizemore, Christie’s deputy press secretary, said Velez is licensed to carry the handgun in Massachusetts, but was charged in New Jersey with unlawful possession of a handgun and hollow point bullets.
Following a written application from Velez for a pardon over the criminal charges, Christie — a Republican presidential candidate — granted it. Christie this year has granted several pardons to non-New Jersey residents caught with weapons in violations of the Garden State’s strict gun laws.