Gov. Christie issues clemency orders for 10 individuals

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Gov. Chris Christie issued clemency orders for 10 people currently in prison in New Jersey.

The majority of the offenses entailed drug- and weapons-related crimes.

Christie also pardoned a Mount Olive police officer who admitted to giving confidential law enforcement data to a neighbor.

Officer Ryan Eastridge accessed a National Crime Information Center database as a favor to a neighbor who wanted to know if there was an arrest warrant for one of his employees. He pleaded guilty in 2014 to an obstruction charge.

Christie issued the clemencies as part of his policy of creating second chances for people with criminal records.

The governor has issued clemency to 29 people since taking office, according to a spokesperson for his office.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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