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New Jersey governor names gun-safety adviser

May 7, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy named a long-time state government insider as his gun-safety adviser.

The Democratic governor said that Bill Castner will serve as senior adviser on firearms. Murphy made the announcement Monday alongside former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly and one-time Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Castner is a former chief counsel to former Gov. Jon Corzine and previously served as the top aide to the Democrat-led Assembly.

The announcement comes as Murphy pushes for strengthening the state’s already-tough gun laws. Castner is expected to pursue litigation focused on reducing gun crime.

He is currently a top lobbyist for the state’s biggest health insurer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Castner will work without a state salary for 60 days. Murphy says further expenses will be covered through “existing state resources.”

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