By Dan Roberts
Manasquan, NJ –-(Ammoland.com)- While “BridgeGate” is getting all of the medias attention these days, it is hardly the only scandal that has the potential to seriously impact Gov Chris Christies widely anticipated run for the Republican Presidential Nomination for 2016.
In fact, “BridgeGate” is a relatively minor matter in the grand scheme of things. Not to minimize the blatant abuse of power in playing the cut throat game of politics, as ALL abuses of Governmental Authority are extremely troubling and cause for alarm. But at least Christie showed significantly more leadership then the President.
He took decisive action, firing those deemed most responsible, and took responsibility for his underlings actions. In many ways its irrelevant whether he was aware of the plan to close traffic lanes leading to the Bridge in Ft Lee NJ or not. Which is more then can be said about Obama, who has steadfastly protected and defended far, far worse abuses of authority and the public trust by Attorney General Eric Holder and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
What has the potential to cause serious problems for Christie is his repeated efforts to avoid staking out a hard and fast position on the Right of Self Defense and the blatant abuses of that right by the Legislature and NJ Courts.
After the landmark ruling by the 7th Circuit Court this past Summer forced Chicago and the State of Illinois to start issuing and accepting Carry Permits for law abiding Citizens, it was widely hailed as being the “the last State to not allow the carrying of firearms in public for self defense”. And while on paper that may be true, in the Real World, it is New Jersey which is the last State in the Union that actively, via all three branches of Govt, seeks to deny law abiding Citizens Rights.
The rest of the Country will not look to kindly on a Presidential Candidate that continues to oversee the morally, ethically and intellectually bankrupt manner in which all three branches of NJ Govt actively conspire to deny their Citizens even the choice of whether or not to carry a weapon for self defense in public. The same politicians who then via Administrative Code and Directives, absolve themselves from any responsibility or liability to those same Citizens when they are viciously attacked, brutalized and murdered by violent repeat criminals.
- N.J.S.A. 59:2-4. Adoption or failure to adopt or enforce a law. A public entity is not liable for an injury caused by adopting or failing to adopt a law or by failing to enforce any law.
- N.J.S.A. 59:5-4. Failure to provide police protection. Neither a public entity nor a public employee is liable for failure to provide police protection service or, if police protection service is provided, for failure to provide sufficient police protection service.
- N.J.S.A. 59:5-5. Failure to make arrest or retain person arrested in custody. Neither a public entity nor a public employee is liable for injury caused by the failure to make an arrest or by the failure to retain an arrested person in custody.
Christie himself seems to quietly acknowledge the trouble this issue can cause for him on a National Stage, as recently as last week his Attorney Generals Office refused to enter an appearance in NJ Court in defense of a challenge to NJ’s impossible to meet ” justifiable need” clause a Citizen must provide in order to be granted a carry permit. The presiding Judge even publicly vented her consternation and frustration over that refusal by the State to mount a defense.
Christie is shrewd if nothing else, he knows that if his Attorney General mounted a vigorous defense of the indefensible, especially in the immediate aftermath of the murder of defenseless Citizen Dustin Friedland at the Short Hills Shopping Mall, that it would raise serious concerns in the minds of voters in other States, where Citizens are trusted to defend themselves and their loved ones in public and violent crime rates are lower as a result.
“BridgeGate” may in the end turn out to be “much ado about nothing”. What is far more troubling for Christie’s future political aspirations is the manner in which he has permitted the Citizens of NJ to be served up as defenseless victims to the Criminal Class on the alter of the Anti Gun ideology.
See the following legal briefs for more information regarding how NJ Govt and Courts treat the Second Amendment and the Right to Self Defense.
About Dan RobertsDan Roberts is a grassroots supporter of gun rights that has chosen AmmoLand Shooting Sports News as the perfect outlet for his frank, ‘Jersey Attitude’ filled articles on Guns and Gun Owner Rights.As a resident of the oppressive state of New Jersey he is well placed to be able to discuss the abuses of government against our inalienable rights to keep and bear arms as he writes from deep behind NJ’s Anti-Gun iron curtain. Read more from Dan Roberts or email him at DRoberts@ammoland.com You can also find him on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dan.roberts.18