By Claude Brodesser-Akner | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on December 22, 2015 at 8:05 AM, updated December 22, 2015 at 5:04 PM
TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie is taking heat from both Democratic lawmakers and Second Amendment rights activists over a plan to broaden access to concealed carry permits in New Jersey.
Christie, a 2016 Republican candidate for president, said that he would “wholeheartedly embrace” the recommendations of the New Jersey Firearm Purchase and Permitting Study Commission, which included broadening access to concealed carry permits for those who could prove they’d received threats against their lives.
However, Democrats in the Senate dismissed both the hand-picked commission as a group of the governor’s cronies, and pooh-poohed its findings as merely tailored to buttress Christie’s standing in the early-voting state of New Hampshire, where the governor trails Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.