Amid Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” controversy, the New Jersey governor last week demonstrated his progressive position toward New Jersey illegal immigrants by signing a bill allowing them to pay in-state tuition at New Jersey public colleges.
On Tuesday, Christie made good on a campaign promise and held a ceremonial signing of New Jersey’s version of the DREAM Act, which allows unauthorized immigrants who have lived in New Jersey for three years and graduated from an in-state high school to pay in-state college tuition rates. Previously, many “Dreamers” were paying close to double that rate (the normal out-of-state tuition rate) because of their non-legal status.
“Our job, I believe as a government, is to give every one of these children — who we have already invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in — an opportunity to maximize that investment for their own benefit, for the benefit of their families, and for the benefit of our state and our country,” Christie said on Tuesday.
The question remains how his soft touch on the hot-button immigration issue will affect his popularity on the national political stage. Bridgegate, DREAMgate . . . what’s next?