Murphy says he would sign gun measures rejected by Christie, along with a new tax on sales

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Phil Murphy, the Democratic nominee for governor, pledged Thursday to enact many of the gun-control measures that Republican Gov. Chris Christie has denied if he is elected in November, raising the likelihood that so-called smart guns will hit the market in New Jersey and .50-caliber rifles will be purged from it.  But Murphy wouldn’t stop there. In a conference call to accept the endorsement of a super PAC led by former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Murphy said he is considering a new tax on gun sales to support law enforcement and mental health programs, as well as a host of other gun-control measures he characterized as “common sense” measures that balance Second Amendment rights with public safety.

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