TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie has pardoned a 26-year-old Marine recruiter who was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun that he legally owned in Massachusetts.

Christie pardoned Sgt. Joshua Velez on Wednesday, making him the latest out-of-state resident charged with violating the state's strict carry laws to have their records cleared by the governor.

Velez was visiting his brother in North Bergen in September when he was stopped for failing to use a turn signal. A police officer discovered his unloaded 9mm handgun in the locked glove compartment of his truck. Hollow point ammunition was found stored separately in the vehicle.

Christie's office says the gun was legally purchased and Velez is licensed to carry it in Massachusetts.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.