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Christie tuition comments give NJ ‘Dreamers’ hope

Local News | Oct 16, 2013

Christie tuition comments give NJ ‘Dreamers’ hope

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Supporters of “Dream Act”-style legislation that would allow immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children to pay in-state tuition rates in New Jersey are claiming that Gov. Chris Christie has endorsed the idea.

In a video of a keynote speech Christie delivered Saturday, the governor says the state legislature needs to work on various items including “making sure there’s tuition equality for everybody in New Jersey.”

Christie made the remarks during the annual gala of The Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey.

A Christie spokesman did not immediately respond Tuesday to a request for comment. Christie has previously pledged to veto tuition equality legislation, which has failed to pass in New Jersey.

The governor has said only lawful taxpayers deserve a tuition break because they help subsidize in-state institutions.