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Christie, Legislature At Odds Over In-State College Tuition For Children Of Illegal Immigrants

Chris Christie File Photo (Credit:  John Moore/Getty Images)

Chris Christie File Photo (Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

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By David Madden

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – A battle is brewing in Trenton, New Jersey over college tuition help for immigrant children who are in the country illegally.

Governor Chris Christie is being taken to task over a pledge he made during the recent re-election campaign to support the plan, which would allow those kids who complete high school to pay residential rates for a state college education.

Now, he says, a senate version, which also tacks on eligibility for financial aid, goes too far, and he won’t sign it.

Senate President Steve Sweeney says his version of that legislation will be presented to the Governor as is:

“He’s gonna have to look the people in the eye that he made commitments to and explain why the bill has been there from June — wasn’t changed — that he said he supported. Now it’s ‘too generous’.”

Sweeney suggests Christie is changing his tune because he’s getting ready to run for President.

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