- Associated Press - Friday, December 23, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie has announced executive pardons for four people.

Among the four pardoned Friday was Nathan Clark, a Louisville, Kentucky resident who was arrested last year while driving through New Jersey with a legally registered firearm but was arrested for unlawful possession.

The 39-year-old successfully completed a pretrial intervention program.

Carlos Martinez committed crimes in the 1980s to support his drug and alcohol addiction. He is a former Navy seaman and currently a licensed psychotherapist.

Dwayne Powell of Panama City, Florida committed several nonviolent crimes in the 1990s before joining the Navy. He is seeking a career in law enforcement.

Retired ironworker Michael Mears struggled with addiction issues since his teens but returned to school and attended college. He attends 12-step meetings as a speaker, organizer and sponsor.

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