Christie Heralds DREAM Act as Message to Washington

Peter Hamby, CNN, January 7, 2014

Flanked by Hispanic leaders, students, and immigration reform advocates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie celebrated the signing of his state’s so-called DREAM Act on Tuesday, hailing the new law a sound economic choice and an object lesson in bipartisan cooperation.

“We know that when we bring people together, when we work together despite some of our differences, that we also set an example of optimism for every one of the 8.9 million people who live here,” Christie said at a signing event in Union City, a Hispanic stronghold just across the Hudson River from Manhattan.

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The bill grants in-state college tuition rates to undocumented high school graduates who attended a New Jersey high school for at least three years.

To the dismay of Democrats and some reform advocates who had lobbied for a more expansive bill, Christie vetoed a measure that would allow students to be eligible for New Jersey financial aid packages.

The mood inside the elementary school auditorium that housed the event was nevertheless triumphant, as a handful of speakers praised Christie and beseeched young immigrants to take advantage of the academic opportunity afforded to them under the law.

“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 the investment for their benefit, for the benefit of their families, for the benefit of our state and the country,” Christie said.

“Even if you’re cold-hearted about this, you can agree with the common sense of the economics: An investment made should be an investment maximized,” he said.

Christie privately signed the bill in late December so it would take hold in time for the Spring 2014 semester. In-state tuition at some New Jersey colleges and universities is as much as $15,000 cheaper than the out-of-state cost. Aides said he decided to arrange a public ceremonial signing this week to honor the range of advocates, legislators and Hispanic leaders who had pressed for the new law.

Christie opposed the legislation until last year on the grounds that the state could not afford the tuition breaks, but he changed his position at the height of his re-election campaign, saying that the state’s economic outlook had improved, a move that his critics called a cynical ploy to appeal to the state’s Hispanic community.

Christie aggressively courted Hispanic voters throughout his race with targeted voter outreach and over $1 million on Spanish-language television and radio ads. He eventually won re-election by capturing a majority of Hispanic voters, a resonant talking point for Christie as Republicans try to burnish their dreary reputation among Spanish-speakers, the country’s fastest-growing voting bloc.

In laying the groundwork for an increasingly likely presidential campaign in 2016, Christie has been framing himself as a Republican with wide-reaching national appeal, willing to work with Democrats in Trenton, and tangle with some of his party’s more conservative voices, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and other self-styled tea party leaders.

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The governor chuckled when Martin Perez, the president of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, a coalition of Latino community leaders from around the state, mistakenly introduced him Christie as “the governor of Puerto Rico.” Perez said he had pressed three successive administrations to pass the tuition bill, but his advocacy fell on deaf ears.

“Finally we have governor who made a commitment to us,” he said. “The good thing about this governor is that when he makes his commitment, you have to understand that he will deliver the goods.”

Christie applauded when Perez called on the United States Congress to “follow the example of New Jersey” and pass immigration reform this year. {snip}

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  • dd121

    As far as Republicans, this guy is completely irrelevant. (Of course, so are Republicans to whites)

    • Lewis33

      But, but, these middle of the road mavericks have done so well for us! And the media will give him a fair shake because they REALLY like this one…BWAHAHAHA.

      • Mergatroyd

        Seen the news this morning? The media are crucifying Christie right and left and calling for a federal investigation over the bridge fiasco. He must have REALLY pissed somebody off to have all this dropped on his head “all of a sudden.”
        Media darling and DemoRAT BFF one day, untouchable the next.

        • Laura Dilworth

          it was inevitable

    • Nathanwartooth

      Except the fact that he is probably going to run for president. That shows you just how bad the Stupid Party is.

      • dd121

        You’re probably right. If the Republicans run this guy let me be the first to announce this scoop: You lose.

    • Laura Dilworth

      especially w/the new bridge scandal

      • dd121

        I’m no fan of Christie but where was the leftist msm when Obama was using the machinery of the IRS to destroy his Republican enemies?

        • Laura Dilworth

          Obama’s THEIR guy and they are there to cover for him

        • Yes, I can understand that argument, but I don’t necessarily agree with it.

          The issue isn’t whether Krispy Christie’s abuse of power didn’t have consequences as bad or as relevant as Barack Obama’s.

          The issue is that Christie is turning out to be just as big of a petulant raging tantrum-throwing crybaby as Obama. The only reason Obama’s abuses are worse than Christie’s is simply a matter of situation and opportunity — If Christie was ever President, he would be just as bad as Obama. The President has a lot more power than a Governor.

          So what? The Mayor of Fort Lee didn’t endorse Christie in a re-election campaign that he was a cinch to win anyway. Quick: Name Christie’s Democrat opponent last year. See what I mean? I might be the only person left who remembers Barbara Buono. Hell, Barbara Buono now might not remember that it was Barbara Buono.

    • Max Krakah

      For New Jersey Residents, their dream is to be able to cross the George Washington Bridge in under four hours

  • WR_the_realist

    I am cold hearted. Deal with it. I see that politicians love to be warm hearted with other people’s money.

    • LeGrandDerangement

      Yep, nothing cold-hearted in closing down a bridge lane for political reasons.

      • Mergatroyd

        The media are screaming all over the place about this utter outrage, headlining that some elderly person even died, and blaming Christie for it all. He must have said or done something really really bad to piss off the administration like this. His presidential chances are kaput.
        Roll out Jeb Bush or someone else to fall on his sword for Hillary.

        • jeffaral

          The hispanic Jeff Bush has most of the latino vote behind him: i wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes the next “el presidente”.

        • Greg Thomas

          How ironic. I wonder how many elderly people have died at the hands of the illegal invaders Christie so champions. No outrage there or calls for a federal investigation.

          I wish we could have a federal investigation regarding the open border traitors and disregard for our laws. But them again, the feds are leading the charge on that front.

  • Puggg

    I’d like to think that this kills his chance to win the Republican nomination, that someone such the alien loving pariah could never win it.

    But then I remember John McCain.

    • Pro_Whitey

      I’m hoping this so-called traffic jam scandal takes him out. It’s probably not enough, but I’ll take what I can get. For now I’m hoping Jeff Sessions of Alabama gets in the race and runs on an implicitly pro-white platform. We’ll see.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        I thought the media were going to contain this — but now it’s starting to go viral with each story making fat boy look worse and worse and calls for a federal probe. It’s even being reported in the overseas media.

        Christie is floundering all over the place saying he was misled and lied to, etc. making him look guilty and foolish.

        Couldn’t happen to a more deserving PxO!!

      • mobilebay

        I’m with you, Pro-Whitey! Jeff Sessions, from my birth state, seems to be the only one in DC who understands what the invasion is doing to this country.

      • jeffaral

        Jeff Sessons supports America’s imperialist wars and of course he’s pro Israel.

  • Hunter Morrow

    I have a dream that Mexicans build a country instead of hop my border.

  • LACounty

    Christie is a full blooded Liberal.

    • Mergatroyd

      Well, he’s getting the full anti-Republican treatment right now by the press.

  • Hunter Morrow

    I have a dream that African, Asian and Middle Eastern refugees remain in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

    • Mergatroyd

      I have a dream that little White children will have a safe, secure, prosperous future in a well-guarded homeland set aside only for them.

      I have a dream that little White children will have the same rights as Asian and Jewish children in a homeland to preserve their unique culture, heritage, history and DNA.

  • Hunter Morrow

    I have a dream that there should be no work visas when White citizens are out work.

    • bilderbuster

      “To dreammmmm, The impossible dreammmm”.
      Mexico has great weather & more natural resources than the US is still a hell hole & will continue to remain one as long as it’s populated by Mexicans.

  • bigone4u

    Blubber gut better not come around asking for my vote, because I would be quite willing to tell him face-to-face to take his head and shove it up his …

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    The more DREAMers, the better.

    As opposed to a nightmare, which is that comprehensive immigration reform is politically dead.

    DREAMer:

  • IstvanIN

    While I agree Christie is the best elected governor NJ has had in over 20 years, Whitman and Corzine should be in prison, thank goodness McGreevey resigned, I didn’t vote for him either time. I just didn’t trust him and I have good reason not to, and this isn’t the only issue. Fortunately the Fort Lee debacle, where is administration tortured innocent citizens for four days over the failure of the mayor of Fort Lee endorsing him, should put an end to his political ambitions.

  • Luca

    I am hoping he is a consummate politician and he did this for an end that justifies the means. It is not something I would do, but I am not a politician.

    He already won his election, so why did he do it? This signals to me that he is going for higher office.

    Remember that guy in 1939 Germany who was a political genius (but a military fool) who for political expediency signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact? I wonder how many Germans were screaming at the time that he was a traitor? He of course never had intentions of honoring the agreement indefinitely but it bought him time and protection from an eastern front.

    I am simply saying, this makes me wonder. I am not jumping to conclusions just yet.

  • DLRisVH
  • So CAL Snowman

    ““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 the investment for their benefit, for the
    benefit of their families, for the benefit of our state and the
    country,”

    I must have missed that amendment to the Constitution.

    • LeGrandDerangement

      Contributing to an illegal enterprise, “undocumented” residence, is NOT a governmental responsibility. Not in a sane country, that is.

  • Spartacus

    Your elected officials are more concerned for the welfare of criminals without citizenship than they are about the people who voted them in office… You still think you live in a democracy ?

  • Yay, bipartisanship! AKA establishment RINO Republicans and liberal Democrats joining together to do something that is doubly stupid and evil. Hide your wallets.

    So what he got a majority of Hispanic votes? They won’t be there for him if he runs for President. Besides, I wouldn’t want to be part of a party that gets a majority of the Hispanic vote, because I know what it takes to get them and that those things aren’t good for me.

    But the goofy part about it is that if anything is going to wreck him, it’s this fluffy duff scandal that’s breaking now over his closing highway exits into a city whose mayor refused to endorsed him for Governor. It’s like something out of The Sopranos.

    • John R

      Good point: We White people should try AND AVOID any candidate precisely BECAUSE he is popular with black and brown people. These people are not our friends. IT is ethnic conflict, plain and simple. More Whites must understand this.

  • borogirl54

    The only way Christie would have signed this bill is for the provision allowing illegal immigrant students access to state funded financial aid. They are barred from receiving federal financial aid. Only Texas, California and New Mexico allow illegals to get state funded financial aid.

  • TheCogitator

    I think it is cold-hearted to tell American kids from another state that they have to pay more to go to school in New Jersey than a kid who is not a citizen and who is in the country illegally.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      This. If I had wanted to go to a college in New Jersey, I would have had to pay out-of-state tuition because I am from Minnesota.

      But some kid from Mexico or Guatemala is an in-state student..? How do liberals even accept this level of cognitive dissonance in their minds?

  • John_HD

    Republicans completely take the white vote for granted, so they pander to Mestizos. I hope they lose more white votes than they gain brown. I won’t be voting for them.

    It may be that the only way that things will ever change in the way that we want them to is for the present system to collapse before the demographics make any turnaround unviable. So let the Democrats win and crash the thing sooner. Short term pain for long term gain. See, I’m a Dreamer too!

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      As of the last election, I will no longer vote for either of the two parties, because BOTH are in the same puppet masters pockets literally.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Ruh-Roh, Christie!!

    Look what the NY Daily News is reporting tonight:

    Christie’s Waterloo

    The George Washington Bridge fiasco is a deeply damning window on the governor’s administration

    In the best possible light, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie built a top staff of lying thugs who threatened lives and safety to serve his political ends. If not, Christie is a lying thug himself.

    Emails and text messages among his close aides made public Wednesday documented that in September they gleefully engineered George Washington Bridge lane closures to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for failing to endorse their boss’ reelection.

    The Port Authority’s sudden, unannounced closing of bridge entrance lanes produced hours-long backups for four days. They ended only after Executive Director Patrick Foye discovered the shutdowns, which were later traced to rogue orders issued by Christie PA appointee David Wildstein, a high school buddy, and to a cover-up by Bill Baroni, Christie’s top person at the bi-state agency.

    For months, responsibility remained clouded. During that time, Christie made light of the charges. He joked that the press was suggesting he had moved traffic cones personally. Last month, he described the affair as “not that big a deal.” He supported Baroni’s story that the lane closures were part of a traffic study.

    His aides’ communications, made public Wednesday, put the lie to that.

    Also looped in to lie about what had happened were Christie’s press secretary, Michael Drewniak, and campaign manager Bill Stepien. Late Wednesday, Christie said: ‘I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge.’

    Christie’s presidential ambitions are all but kaput, as he will be lambasted and lampooned as a man of low character and horrible judgment — again viewing him in the most favorable way.

    www // nydailynews // com/opinion/christie-waterloo-article-1 // 1570246#ixzz2priZvWWF

    Put your tu-tu on, Christie, and get your aria ready, it’s time to sing.

    Obama is such a great guy, I’m sure he’ll come to your defense. Hey, Christie you tried to buddy up with the Obama, Democrats and the MSM.

    How do you like your new friends now?

    • LeGrandDerangement

      Another excellent reason to stay home in November 2016.

  • ssviking

    We need to build the Atlantic wall on the southern border with a 12 mile no man’s land in between the us and Mexico if we ruthlessly killed them as they came across. maybe this crap would end.

    • bilderbuster

      When Pat Buchanan was running for the Republican nomination in 1996 he suggested using the Army Corp of Engineers to use bulldozers to dig “The Buchanan Trench”. A well lit trench 50′ deep & 100 yards wide along the border to be patrolled by jeeps & dogs.
      A very simple & low maintenance way to close the border very quickly.

      • Mergatroyd

        The same type of wall that Israel built to keep out unwanted migrants.

  • JohnEngelman

    What part of the word “illegal” does Chris Christie not understand?

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      How about what part of treacherous, perfidious and treasonous doesn’t he understand, let alone Night of the Long Knives?

  • Thor Bonham

    Christie = POS

  • jeffaral

    America’s future looks hispanic and republican: the last nail on the coffin.

  • Erasmus

    Governor Krispy Kreme should have asked Marco Rubio what pandering to illegal aliens did to his standing among the conservative rank-and-file. Stick an apple in his mouth and a fork up his butt. Governor Christie’s presidential aspirations have just taken a mortal hit.

  • mobilebay

    I called Christie’s office and said if he’s in the mood for making amends (bridge scandal) he might begin with stopping his aiding and abetting of illegal aliens by rewarding them with in-state tuition. Boy! I got a quick “I’ll pass along the message,” and a slamming down of the phone. Not too polite when they hear the truth.

  • Greg Thomas

    Under the circumstances, being ” cold-hearted” is the best option.