Will Christie's immigration bill haunt him in 2016?
Gov. Chris Christie's support for New Jersey's version of the DREAM Act could cause problems with the Republican voters he'll need in presidential primaries.
January 6th, 2014
07:25 AM ET
9 years ago

Will Christie's immigration bill haunt him in 2016?

(CNN) - In late May 2011, Mitt Romney made his first campaign jaunt to South Carolina, a primary state that bedeviled him during his first presidential campaign and would prove just as vexing in his second.

Romney's difficulties with the conservative base are now well-documented. But among his many problems on the right, immigration wasn't one of them.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Immigration • New Jersey
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  1. Gurgyl

    This guy is not even fit to bro a cook in WH, let alone president. He has no clue for USA. Look at NJ, bunch of India guys and cheating.

    January 6, 2014 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  2. Harold Read

    What is it with Liberals who support the blatant breaking of US Law: US Code 8 Section 1325. Liberals should be charged with criminal c0nsp1racy and tre@s0n.

    January 6, 2014 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    In a word........absolutely.

    January 6, 2014 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  4. smith

    The way things are going for the dems Christie really doesn`t have to be on offense or defense. The same situation happend in 2008, the gop was in a deep hole. Now the dems are in that hole.

    January 6, 2014 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  5. rs

    Here's the thing on Immigration Reform the GOP needs to grasp:
    1. While not an important issue to a majority of Americans, it has around a 70% approval rate in current polling. Thus, while not as important as other issues (like jobs or the economy which the GOP also ignores), it is something the majority of Americans feel is in the realm of sensible politics- something the GOP often falls short of. Turning up their noses at Immigration Reform them keeps the GOP flag in the field of the ultra-radicals, and out of the main stream.
    2 While it would be highly unlikely that passing Immigration Reform would bring waves of minority voters to the GOP (with whom the GOP has a fairly wretched standing), it would perhaps at least dull the antagonism between the GOP and minorities for the future. At current rate of burn, the GOP has maybe 10-15 years left as a viable "Whites only" party. Thus, turning down IR simply means the GOP bars minority voters from their ranks,
    3. CBO (and other economic analysis groups) show IR makes fiscal sense. Illegal Immigrants pay more than $10 billion a year in taxes. Bringing them into the open (over time) simply makes good financial sense for the treasury by also collection Social Security taxes, income taxes and more from this group will aid the government and the economy. The GOP does not have a good fiscal reputation currently. Their flagrant "cut-taxes and spend" reputation from the Bush years, and their current wasteful practices keep them from even approaching "fiscal conservative" labels- and most Americans know that. Rejecting IR simply hardens that wasting-tax-payer-dollars reputation.
    Without IR- the GOP dies.

    January 6, 2014 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    GWBgate will haunt Christie. Not to mention, passing immigration reform in NJ makes him look like a northeast liberal in the eyes of conservatives.

    January 6, 2014 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Christie's biggest problems are going to be his "bedside manner" issues, and the yet to revealed laundry list of "oh, really" things that he does behind your back: i.e.: using the state's new helicopter, which Christie just had to buy, to attend his kid's soccer games.

    You should Bing this " Gov Christie New Helicopter " for pictures of it. The new chopper looks to be very similar to Marine One, which is used by the POTUS. It cost the state millions while Christie was cutting budgets, which the layoff of police, teachers, sanitation workers, and firefighters in communities across the state.

    January 6, 2014 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "In late May 2011, Mitt Romney made his first campaign jaunt to South Carolina ..."

    Yep. And he did it without Chris Christie. As did other candidates long before Chris Christie. What I'm trying to say here is that all this !!CHRISTIE IS THE MAN!! coverage is wearing very thin on an already inattentive audience. I absolutely understand that Christie's ego is as big as ... well, any I've seen in the Republican coffers lately. But gosh: give it a break. Christie really doesn't want his flavor of the month to ... er, peak too soon. Just ask Herman Cain. Newt Gingrich. Michele Bachmann. RIck Santorum. Ron Paul. And others whom I've no doubt already forgot.

    January 6, 2014 09:27 am at 9:27 am |