TRENTON, NJ (CBS) — A legal battle royal over vanity license plates, raging for more than six years between New Jersey and a New York-based pro-life group, is over at last.

The State of New Jersey is relenting and will sell the customized “Choose Life” plates offered through the organization.

And Dr. Elizabeth Rex couldn’t be happier.  “That is all over,” she told KYW Newsradio.

She heads up the New York-based Children First Foundation, which has been offering the plates for about a week now.
“Our whole mission and purpose is to promote adoption, which is really a pro-life choice,” she said on Friday.
But when the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission decided not to okay the plates, the foundation sued in federal court.

MVC spokesman Mike Horan:

“Rather than spend legal resources in this current fiscal climate, the MVC just made a decision to move forward and approve the application.”

So far, no one has stepped up to order the custom plate, but Rex expects interest to pick up as the word gets out.

And by the way, Rex says she still needs those lawyers because New York is also balking at issuing the plates.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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