Politics

Gov. Chris Christie hints at decision in Brian Aitken case by Christmas

Photo of Amanda Carey
Amanda Carey
Contributor

Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey says he will likely make a decision on the case of Brian Aitken within the next couple of weeks. In a video released yesterday on Christie’s YouTube site, the governor acknowledged he is aware of the case, has begun to review documents and said, “I suspect I will be in a position to make a decision on whether or not I’ll intervene prior to Christmas.

As The Daily Caller previously reported, 27-year-old Aitken was arrested in New Jersey in 2009 when police found he was transporting legally-owned and properly-stored firearms. This past August, he was sentenced to seven years in jail. Now, he is seeking clemency from the conservative governor.

Aitken’s attorney has argued that not only did his client not break the law because the guns were purchased legally (from a Bass Pro Shop), but he was also exempt from the state’s gun laws because he was moving residences – from Colorado to New Jersey.

Aitken’s lawyer, along with his supporters, say the judge who tried the case ignored evidence supporting Aitken’s innocence.