Christie signs immigrant tuition bill

December 20, 2013
AP Photo/Mel Evans New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question as he announces his "Hurricane Sandy Flood Map Regulations" Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Seaside Heights, N.J. The town, which was featured in the MTV reality show "Jersey Shore" sustained substantial damage to homes and its boardwalk during Superstorm Sandy. ()
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in January 2013 (Mel Evans/AP)

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) signed a bill Friday  that would allow in-state tuition rates for students brought to the country illegally  a day after Democrats bowed to his demand that the legislation be tightened.

Christie signed the bill in private, his  office said, adding that there will be a public ceremony in the coming weeks. New Jersey Democrats agreed Thursday to strip out the portion of the legislation that would allow the students impacted by the measure to apply for financial aid funded by the state, falling in line with Christie's wishes.

"This is what compromise looks like," Christie said Thursday. "Sometimes it’s quiet, sometimes it’s loud but you can do both at the same time."

The law will extend in-state tuition to illegal immigrants brought into the United States as children who graduate from New Jersey high schools.

Christie won half the Latino vote in his November reelection victory. He's seen widely as a likely bet to run for president in 2016.

Sean Sullivan covers national politics for “The Fix.”
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