Governor Chris Christie is as effective a speaker on the issues of taxes, entitlement reform and school choice as you’ll ever find, Save Jerseyans. Plain spoken but substantively on-point; the clarity with which he speaks makes apolitical Americans want to get up and follow him and good faith dissenters concede the logic of his argument.
The so-called “YouTube moments” concerning ^^ are what we remember and, at least until Sandy and Bridgegate, they’re what defined his brand. Just as often, however, Chris Christie talks like what he is by training: a lawyer. And I don’t mean that in a disparaging way (I am one!). All the same, it can get him into trouble.
America’s southern border is under attack in a way that we have never experienced before. At the direction of President Obama, the federal government has refused to enforce current immigration law and in turn has allowed thousands of illegal immigrants to enter the United States.
Americans are rightly and understandably fed up.
In an effort to take a stand against the mismanagement of our southern border and to bring awareness to the situation, Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) and Overpasses for America joined together to organize “National Days Of Protest Against Immigration Reform Amnesty & The illegal immigration surge.”
On July 18-19 more than 321 protests took place nationwide at state capitals, on overpasses, outside the offices of amnesty supporting lawmakers, and at locationswhere the Obama is attempting to bus and house illegal aliens.
CLICK HERE for a full listing of all the protests that took place.
New York has earmarked $4.9 million in giving legal assistance to foreign-born New York residents facing deportation, providing lawyers for low-income immigrants detained by federal authorities.
It’s joined a host of other U.S. cities including New Haven, Connecticut, Asbury Park, New Jersey, San Francisco, Richmond, Oakland and Los Angeles, California, and Washington, D.C., where a local identification card will serve all the documentation that’s needed to open a bank account, sign a lease, or even get a library card.
Public hospitals are already legally obligated to provide healthcare to anyone who requests it. If an ‘undocumented’ immigrant can’t pay for these services, then the taxpayers who support the hospital indirectly subsidize their care. It doesn’t end there. States are moving towards permitting illegal immigrants to obtain a legal drivers license that’s functionally the same as an American citizen’s drivers license. But is it really a “privilege” if you don’t have to pay for it?
It’s tempting to blame Eric Cantor’s shocking political demise on Tea Party-driven anti-immigration reform angst, Save Jerseyans, but if we were truly witnessing a wave of some sort, then Lindsey Graham (who Rush Limbaugh nicknamed “Gramnasty”) would be headed for a big law firm after Tuesday night’s results, too, but he’s not. And Steve Lonegan would be holding a press conference outside of Aimee Belgard’s campaign headquarters tomorrow morning…. but he’s not. Same goes for David Larsen. And Matt Bevin for that matter.
So what’s the “x” factor?
There isn’t one. I know, I know, complicated answers are hard for TV analysts, radio hosts, demagogues, spin masters and fundraisers to manipulate for their own ends. But the truth is what it is and I don’t see the utility in glossing over it; it also wouldn’t be fair to David Brat who, having won a race where he had only $230,000 to Cantor’s $5.7 million, he must’ve done something right. Right? Still…
In light of the N.J. Dream Act’s enactment, Save Jerseyans, Assemblyman Ron Dancer (R-Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex and Monmouth), who voted against the controversial legislation, wants to guarantee that all New Jersey students register with the Military Selective Service.
“Now that Gov. Christie has signed a law allowing undocumented students to attend our public colleges at the in-state tuition rate, it makes sense to remind them, and all applicants, of their legal responsibilities,” said Dancer in a press release. “If you are a male between 18 and 25 and living in the country, you must register with military selective service. That’s the law.”
The ceremonial signing may’ve been postponed today, Save Jerseyans, but New Jersey’s Dream Act (S2479) is already the law of the land. Regrettably.
It’s worth revisiting why this law sucks on the eve of a media frenzy over the upcoming bipartisan lovefest. In case you missed it, here’s Asm. Jay Webber’s floor speech during the Assembly portion of the debate:
One day my DREAM Act — alleviating New Jerseyans’ tax burden — will come to pass. Until then, everything Trenton does just seems to piss off Moody’s, make my life more expensive, and drive more of my friends to North Carolina. Everyone under the Dome needs to wake up from their fantasy; the rest of us are stuck in a nightmare of their creation…
Sources confirm that it is likely to earn a conditional veto, likely with an accompanying message: “no me gusta” financial aid, too. NJ.com further reports, however, that the Governor will sign a bill without financial aid provisions if the legislature accepts the conditions attached to his veto, something which they’re apparently willing to do.
The consequences of the New Jersey Republican Party’s disastrous legislative cycle are starting to take their toll, Save Jerseyans.
Trenton Democrats are eagerly pursuing potential scandals and policy conflicts to hurt Chris Christie’s chance of becoming president. Their no-weaker-for-the-wear caucus feels emboldened for having survived the “wave” that never arrived.
We learned today that the location of Governor Chris Christie’s inauguration celebration will be none other than historic Ellis Island, Save Jerseyans.
“Today, Ellis Island stands as a symbol of the hope, freedom, and promise of opportunity afforded by our state and our nation and continues to be a powerful connection for millions of Americans to their family history,” the Inaugural Committee, headed by Bill Palatucci and Todd Christie, shared in its email announcement. “Estimates suggest that nearly half of all Americans can trace their lineage to at least one ancestor who was one of the more than 12 million individuals who passed through Ellis Island during its operation as a federal immigration station. Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument shared by New Jersey and New York.”
Ellis Island has, at various times, served as an oyster bed harvesting hot spot, arsenal and, most famously, and immigration station. A nice little subplot to January’s big event is the often dormant but never settled issue of whether Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are in New York or New Jersey territory. For one night at least, Save Jerseyans, it’s unambiguously within the borders of Christie Country.
While New Jersey debates the so-called DREAM Act, Save Jerseyans, it’s worth considering whether we’re even debating the right thing.
Put another way: should we worry about subsidizing more over-priced degrees for more kids? Or should we start tackling the price gouging itself?
You can tell where I’m going with this post. We’re being robbed! Many of America’s top college and university have built endowments in excess of $1 billion. Rutgers University is actually at the “low” end of the major institution scale with only $684.6 million as of August 31st.
They spend plenty of cash, too; Rutgers University budgeted $3.6 billion for 2013–2014 academic year, or if you need a comparison for perspective’s sake, an amount equivalent to approximately 11% of our entire New Jersey FY2014 state budget. But some of it IS your money after all: $756 million in direct state aid and other fringe benefits.
Plenty of readers are asking this question so I’ll try to clear the air a bit or at least demonstrate from where the fog originated.
Take a quick look at 8 USC § 1623:
“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an alien who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible on the basis of residence within a State (or a political subdivision) for any postsecondary education benefit unless a citizen or national of the United States is eligible for such a benefit (in no less an amount, duration, and scope) without regard to whether the citizen or national is such a resident.”
Governor Chris Christie was expected to sign a New Jersey version of the DREAM Act if it passed the legislature, Save Jerseyans, having reversed himself on the issue before Election 2013.
Now the Governor is saying what we already knew: the Democrat Senate bill is unacceptable in its current form (the Assembly version is different). He would not, however, rule out signing the final Assembly version.
“They’re overreaching and making it unsignable,” said Governor Christie on last night’s edition of NJ 101.5′s Ask the Governor monthly radio program, referring to the Senate bill. “Not only are there technical problems that need to be fixed, but they’re making the benefits richer than the federal program, the federal Dream Act and, um, that’s simply not acceptable for me.” Christie continued on to say that he wants “tuition equality” but believes the Senate bill would turn New Jersey into a “magnet state.”
Back in 2011, responding to a DREAM Act question at a Sayreville town hall meeting, Christie declared “I can’t favor that, because we need to have an immigration system where people follow the rules, and I can’t in a difficult time of budget constraints support the idea that we should be giving money in that regard to people who haven’t followed the rules, and take that money from people who have.”
Governor Christie discusses his take at the 50 minute mark:
On Thursday, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee passed the Senate’s version along party lines, 8-3, with Monmouth County’s Jennifer Beck abstaining. The GOP members’ objections cited procedural concerns or problems with the draft language itself including a loophole which could discriminate against private school students.
A vote by the full Senate is pending Monday; assuming it passes as predicted, Governor Chris Christie is expected to sign the bill after final passage in the General Assembly. You may recall that the Assembly version (A4225) was pulled last summer in order to avoid negative electoral consequences for potentially vulnerable Democrat legislative candidates. That baby is officially put to bed and all engines are a go…
We are fast approaching the “dog days of summer,” Save Jerseyans, and there is no better place to pass those lazy hours than daydreaming on a beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
In the midst of my daydreaming, I came up with a Top 10 list of things that I would do if I were King of the World for one day. The first five are serious and the next four are a little more whimsical. Number 10 speaks for itself.