New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) forcefully denied Monday that he has switched positions on in-state tuition for young illegal immigrants, saying he continues to support the idea but won't sign the specific bill passed by the state legislature.
Christie said during his 2013 reelection campaign that he supported the concept of the legislation, commonly known as the Dream Act. He wound up winning 51 percent of the Latino vote, according to exit polls.
But when the state legislature initially passed the legislation, Christie said it went too far -- including offering financial aid for these students -- and risked making New Jersey a magnet for young illegal immigrants. He asked the Democratic-controlled state legislature to make changes to the measure and said he wouldn't sign it without them. The legislature declined, leading to a stalemate.