Go ahead and apply, other than spending time and money I’m not aware of any “penalty” for applying.
You must meet this standard:
”...in the case of a private citizen, shall specify in detail the urgent necessity for self protection as evidenced by specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to the applicant’s life that cannot be avoided by means other than by issuance of a permit to carry a handgun. ...”
What’s the specific threat you’re facing right now? Be *specific*. Got any documentation to back that up?
Were you previously attacked? Got that documented?
What is the special danger to your life right now?
Is there *NO OTHER WAY* you can avoid the specific threat? This is not a joke - previously a court told an applicant to move his area of business operations or hire an armed security guard rather than issue a permit.
To be clear, I’m not defending this at all, but this is the standard that NJ applies to make it nearly impossible to qualify for a carry permit.