STATE – Senate President Stephen Sweeney says Gov. Chris Christie is reneging on a promise after the governor said yesterday that he would not sign the state Senate’s version of the Dream Act.
The bill, which would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates and be eligible for financial aid at state colleges and universities, passed in the state Senate last week. During his re-election campaign, Christie had expressed support for the concept but now he’s taking issue with the specifics.
“They’re overreaching and making it unsignable and making the benefits richer than the federal program, the federal Dream Act, that’s simply not acceptable for me,” Christie said on 101.5 FM’s “Ask the Governor” radio program Monday.
“When he was running for governor he supported it and now that he is running for president, he does not,” Sweeney said in a statement, referring to Christie’s presumed Presidential aspirations.
“The governor never misses an opportunity to disappoint,” he said. “The Dream Act will reach the governor’s desk and after he committed to the families from Vineland to Union City to sign the bill. He once again turns his back those who need us most. I will continue to fight this governor for these New Jersey families and their children.”
Communications Workers of America’s NJ State Director Hetty Rosenstein joined Sweeney in his rebuke of the governor. “Christie’s claim to support the DREAM Act on the campaign trail and then quickly turning course is just the latest in a pattern of flip-flops,” she said in a statement. “From gun control to the ARC tunnel to transportation funding, we once again see that candidate Christie says one thing, but Governor Christie does another – by pandering to the far-right wing of the Republican Party.”
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