Christie threatens veto of NJ’s Dream Act

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December 3, 2013

After saying he would sign a Dream Act in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday raised new objections to the version his state Assembly is getting ready to send him — raising questions about whether he is playing politics or trying to win the best possible deal from the Legislature.

Mr. Christie said during his recent re-election campaign that he would sign a bill granting in-state tuition to illegal immigrants, but has balked at the specific bill winding its way through the Legislature.

The Republican governor said he has three objections: The bill allows financial aid in addition to in-state tuition, treats out-of-state illegal immigrants who attend private school in New Jersey better than out-of-state citizens who do the same, and doesn’t have a sunset date.

“I’m for tuition equality. I’m not for adding tuition aid grants,” Mr. Christie said at a news conference Monday.

The governor won re-election a month ago with significant Hispanic support — 51 percent according to exit polls.

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