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Chris Christie’s Big Test on Illegal Immigration

Chris Christie
New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie, recently re-elected and now the darling of the national Republican establishment, is about to face a test that will in large measure determine his fate in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.

The New Jersey legislature is on the verge of passing a bill that would grant in-state tuition to illegal aliens AND make them eligible for state financial aid to attend New Jersey’s state colleges and universities.

Yes, you read that right. 

Under legislation about to be passed by New Jersey’s Democrat dominated Senate and Assembly, illegal immigrants who attended high school in New Jersey for three or more years, graduated, and filed an affidavit saying they plan to legalize their immigration status as soon as legally possible would be able to get lower in-state tuition rates at New Jersey’s public colleges and universities.

The illegal immigrant students would also be eligible for state financial aid under the Senate version of the bill. Incoming Assembly Speaker Democrat Vincent Prieto, a Cuban immigrant, has said that he expects the Assembly to incorporate that aspect of the Senate bill into its version, which could pass as early as today— Monday, November 18, 2013.

New Jersey Republican state Senator Joseph Pennacchio, who voted no on the bill in Committee, got it right when he said he didn’t think it would be fair that “a struggling family of American citizens in a neighboring state would pay more than an undocumented student.” 

All eight Democrats on the Senate committee voted in favor of the legislation, three out of the committee’s four Republicans voted no, while one abstained.

According to NJ.com, Governor Christie — while refusing to answer detailed questions about the bill — has indicated he supports the idea. But that was before his landslide re-election. Previously Christie was opposed to granting in-state tuition to illegal immigrants, so the big question now is, “what will Governor Christie do when the bill reaches his desk?” 

We think the ads against any candidate in a Republican presidential primary that supports granting public benefits to illegal aliens pretty well write themselves. To call Governor Christie to let him know you oppose granting in-state tuition and financial aid to illegal immigrants, call the New Jersey Governor’s office at 609-292-6000.

To arm yourself intellectually for the battle over amnesty and illegal immigration, watch the videos in our “Short Course” on amnesty and immigration and be sure to sign our "no amnesty" petition. 

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