New Jersey’s Latest ‘Justifiable Need’ Disgrace Is An Opportunity For Chris Christie

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Michael Tumminelli
Michael Tumminelli of Newton, NJ
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New Jersey – -( Governor Chris Christie’s gun record would be getting more scrutiny if he was polling better in the early states, but if he wants to get some serious attention and punch up his support among conservatives, he now has yet another opportunity to advance the cause right here in New Jersey.

The aggrieved citizen? Michael Tumminelli of Newton.

The terminology is important.

Shall Issue” states mandate that issuing authorities SHALL grant permits provided the applicant meets basic requirements. “May Issue” states like New Jersey, however, allow local authorities to deny carry permits even if the applicant meets basic requirements. Our state demands that applicants demonstrate justifiable need, or “specific threats or previous attacks demonstrating a special danger to applicant’s life that cannot be avoided by other means.” Here, the Newton Police and Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office didn’t believe Mr. Tumminelli demonstrated the Administrative Code standard of “justifiable need” to carry – despite the fact that he’s a DOD official who works with counterterrorism task forces combating ISIS – so he wasn’t granted a permit carry.

I hope we can agree that THAT is more than a little absurd?

This is where Chris Christie comes in.

He’s right when he says that he can’t unilaterally make New Jersey a “shall issue” state overnight without the legislature. He CAN direct the Attorney General to expand justifiable need. When he signed Executive Order No. 180 back in June, establishing the New Jersey Firearm Purchase and Permitting Study Commission tasked with reviewing New Jersey’s gun regulations, the Governor simultaneously expanded the definition of justifiable need to include domestic violence victims.

There’s no reason he can’t expand it again to help Michael Tumminelli. It’s the right thing to do and, happily, it’s also politically advantageous. Nice when it works out that way!

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WELL…….. New Jersey has been off my travel list for a long time now… What kind of people run the Government in that State ? …. ABSURD to say the least !

Charlie Blaine

Blue, what does the size of this mans ass have to do with making a point intelligently?


I don’t think for a second who this man works for and what he does for a living should give him any special consideration for a CCW,and I know he doesn’t either. ‘Any’ individual who applies for a CCW who is not a criminal and has no felony criminal record should be issued a license. It’s comes down to trying to convince a bunch of narcissistic liberal trash who don’t want you to have a gun,much less a license,to issue you one. That’s not constitutional and Christie won’t do a damn thing about it. This man needs to move. I… Read more »


Christie don’t stand a chance of becoming president ! Well,at least president of the United States of America. The only thing his fat ass is concerned about is what time dinner is and did you make enough. As far as Mr.Tumminelli is concerned,….move ! There are still free states in the NJ area of the U.S. !


Christie won’t do a damn thing ! I would see pictures/video of Christie laughing with Obama and them whispering to each other. You’re judged by who you hang out with ! ‘Nuff said !