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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Pardons Philadelphia Mom Facing Gun Charges

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    NJ Governor Pardons Philly Mom on Gun Charges

    NBC10's George Spencer explains how a Philadelphia mother, Shaneen Allen, received a pardon from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for gun charges she faced for bringing a legal firearm into the Garden State. (Published Friday, April 3, 2015)

    Gov. Chris Christie has pardoned a Philadelphia woman facing gun charges and jail time after a routine traffic stop in New Jersey in 2013.

    The Republican governor announced the reprieve on Thursday.

    Shaneen Allen was arrested in October 2013 in Hamilton Township in southern New Jersey after telling a state trooper she had a handgun and a concealed carry permit.

    New Jersey did not recognize the Pennsylvania permit and she was arrested and charged under the state's strict gun laws.

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    Atlantic County prosecutors announced Wednesday that Shaneen Allen would be offered the same pre-trial intervention program that was offered to former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice. It's a major victory for Allen, who was arrested for bringing her gun, which she is legally allowed to carry in Pennsylvania, into New Jersey. NBC10's George Spencer talked to Allen Wednesday night.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014)

    Christie's decision won quick praise from the National Rifle Association, which said he did the right thing.

    Christie said at a recent town hall meeting he would consider changing the state's gun laws, but the Democratic Legislature has no appetite for that and instead he'll do what's in his purview, like pardons.