Philadelphia Daily News: Christie Frees Man in Gun Case
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave the Aitken family all they wanted for Christmas Monday.
Christie signed a letter ordering Brian Aitken, a New Jersey man sentenced to seven years in jail for having weapons he legally purchased in Colorado, to be released from Mid-State Correctional Facility as soon as possible.
Aitken, 27, was sentenced in August to seven years after a January 2009 arrest at his parent’s home in Mount Laurel, Burlington County. Aitken’s mother called the police on him after he was distraught over a custody issue and police found handguns, hollow point bullets, and high capacity magazines in a box in the trunk of his car.
I find it absolutely amazing that it had to come to this, but that’s the People’s Republic of New Jersey for you.
Actually, given what I’ve seen of Gov. Chris Christie so far (especially his great interview on 60 Minutes this weekend I watched while washing a too-big-to-tumble comforter at a nearby laundromat), perhaps it is a little unfair to continue characterizing the Garden State as the “People’s Republic.” After all, when it comes to the looming state budget crisis, Christie may be the most proactive state-level chief executive out there.
Furthermore, I’ve always considered him a little light on a few key issues for conservatives, including the gun issue. This Christmastime pardon was a nice start, but the good governor really needs to rethink the state’s entire attitude toward firearms, self-defense, and individual freedom. I hope he does.