Christie Pardons Philadelphia Resident and Former Addict

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced that he has granted a pardon to Philadelphia resident John F. Berry, who was convicted in Atlantic City in the 1970s of Robbery and Possession of Stolen Property.

Berry, after becoming clean, got a college degree and became Case Manager for the Philadelphia Treatment Court Unit. The now-61-year-old Barry was pardoned for separate offenses in 2014 by then-Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

"John's story is the reason why I believe that no life is disposable," Governor Christie said in a statement.

"Through the years, he has overcome many hurdles and set a positive example of what can be achieved when given a second chance to make things right in your life. I want to thank John for his courage and commitment, for giving back to others through his advocacy and by serving as a symbol of hope and influence to those overcoming the disease of addiction."