Pardon us if we’re just a little cynical over the timing of Chrstie’s sudden desire to show a limited amount of sympathy for the self-defense rights of New Jersey citizens as he announces his 2016 Presidential run.

Weeks after Carol Bowne was stabbed to death by her jealous ex-boyfriend while waiting for New Jersey to approve her gun permits, Governor Chris Christie is pushing to expedite application processing, but only for those who demonstrate that there is a threat against them.

On Monday night, Governor Chris Christie directed the New Jersey Attorney General to file a regulatory change (click here to see it) expediting firearm application processing for victims of domestic violence, violent crimes, and “those who have a demonstrable threat against them.”

“I have always said that when there are sensible changes to improve our laws and the fair administration of justice, I will take action, and that is what I am doing today,” Christie explained in an accompanying press release. “The Constitution grants and our courts have affirmed the individual right to bear arms as a fundamental right, and that is all the more important for those who are victims of violence or under threat. This commonsense step will protect the rights of victims and people at risk of violent acts by giving them priority, while ensuring the core protections of the permitting process remain fully in effect.”

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