By Cleve Bryan
TRENTON, NJ (CBS) – Speaking before reporters at the State House following several weeks of sickness, travel and family time, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie weighed in on several controversial topics.
“What the President should do is to belly up to the bar and just tell the truth,” said Christie in regards to President Barrack Obama’s initial assertion the Affordable Care Act would not lead to insurance companies changing and dropping policies.
He also told reporters that New Jersey’s version of the Dream Act would make the state a magnet for illegal immigrants.
The bill commonly known as the Dream Act is intended to help undocumented students who attend New Jersey high schools to obtain in-state college tuition.
Christie says he has three main objections to the New Jersey bill: It should not include tuition grants, be available to students from out of state who attend private NJ schools and it should not have an open-ended time period for eligibility.
He dismissed the idea he voiced support prior to re-election and now opposes it because it is unpopular nationally among some conservatives and could hurt his potential run for President in 2016.
“They fix those three things, I’ll sign it. They don’t fix those three things, I won’t. That’s all it’s about, that’s it. It’s not about anything else,” Christie emphasized.