New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie confirmed his weekend switch to support of reduced tuition for illegal immigrants in a debate Tuesday with his re-election opponent, Democrat Barbara Buono.
The Republican governor said that he now backs the Tuition Equality Act, which would aid illegal immigrants in the state, The New York Times reports
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According to Fox News , : "I believe every child should be given the opportunity to reach their God-given potential ... that’s a moral requirement," Christie told the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey on Saturday, Fox News reported
. "We need to get to work in the state legislature on things like making sure that there’s tuition equality for everybody in New Jersey."
The comments represented a marked change from the governor's longtime stance against letting illegal immigrants in New Jersey pay discounted, in-state tuition rates, according to news reports.
The bill would grant them in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities if they attend three years of high school in the state, receive a diploma from a New Jersey school, and promise to seek legalization once the opportunity arose, The Washington Times reports
The legislation is stalled in the New Jersey legislature.
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