What’s good for the jackass is good for the elephant:
Governor Christie’s administration did not defend one of the state’s stringent gun laws in a case where two retired arson investigators challenged rules over who can carry a concealed weapon, according to an appeals court decision released Monday.
The attorney general who made that decision, Jeffrey Chiesa, is one of Christie’s closest advisers and left that law enforcement job when the governor named him to a temporary post in the U.S. Senate earlier this year. He notified the court that the state would not be appealing a trial court decision in papers filed a month before the Newtown, Conn., school shooting last year that prompted a push for gun restrictions including a ban on high-caliber assault weapons in New Jersey.
In Monday’s ruling, a state appeals court upheld restrictions on gun carry permits, and noted the Attorney General Office’s failure to defend the state’s own statutes saying the attorney general “regrettably” decided not to participate.
Yeah, I hear that it’s regrettable when elected officials decline to enforce the la… what’s that? Barack Obama has been doing it with reckless abandon since he took office in 2009?
…Oh. Well, that’s embarrassing for all of those Democrats quoted in that article who criticized Chris Christie – and thus, by extension, Barack Obama. Funny how a Democrat’s refusal to defend a law that’s not nationally popular enough can boomerang on his loyal supporters like that, huh? Because there’s really no justification for whining. If the national executive gets to pick what laws to defend, then so can the state executives. Don’t like it? Then police your own side, next time.
PS: I would, indeed, love to live in a world where members of the various executive branches in this country didn’t feel safe to ignore (and refuse to defend) laws that they don’t like. Thanks to Barack Obama, I don’t live in that world anymore. Take it up with him.