Skip to comments.Christie: N.J. may consider housing kids from southern border influx
Posted on 07/17/2014 7:20:09 PM PDT by Coleus
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blamed the Obama administration for the influx of immigrant children at the southern border, but didn't rule out the prospect of accepting children in New Jersey on a case-by-case basis.
"I have great empathy for that situation, but frankly the administration has done an awful job in securing our border, and they need to do that," Christie told reporters in Marion, Iowa, where he campaigned for incumbent Gov. Terry Branstad.
"I don't think ... it matters one bit what your Hispanic population is, as to whether or not you're going to offer help and assistance," he continued. "So we'll take every request that comes based on its merits and make those decisions."
He stressed that he doesn't want to "participate in encouraging this," but added "we are an empathetic people in this country and we don't like seeing people suffer."
Christie's comments represent a departure from some governors, who have turned down requests from officials to house immigrants during the crisis. Thousands of children from Central America, many unaccompanied, have streamed across the U.S. border with Mexico this year in what the administration calls an unexpected surge.
All sides agree that its become a humanitarian crisis with the federal government struggling to manage the influx. President Barack Obamas $3.7 billion emergency funding proposal to address the situation has been received coolly in Congress.
Christie, a potential White House contender, further fueled speculation about his 2016 ambitions with is visit to Iowa. There, he blasted the federal government for refusing to deal with immigration reform "in any meaningful way."
While in the Hawkeye State, which holds the first nominating contest in presidential election years, Christie brushed off new poll numbers that indicate about a third of Iowans hold a negative opinion of him.
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Hey Chrissy? Have you seen any of these tattooed “kids” yet?
They aren’t “kids,” you *BLEEPING* liar.
What about the great States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont,
I’m sure they would love to have new neighbors move right in.
Oh, the illegals are going to be installed only in States where the elections can be most beneficial to Democrats. Got it!
they’re good friends you know.
Col. Flagg, it’s a circle with 2 arrows in it?
Christine appears to be Obama’s worst nightmare, and Hispanics voted for him too.
He’s ‘electable’, cept maybe for those high negatives, and a few extra pounds.
If they move into Camden, Jersey City or Newark, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
He was toast anyways on a Presidential run. Now he is burnt toast. I wonder if he got a personal call from Obama to take in some of these so called kids?
I imagine several could shelter in his shade.
Chuck Grassley(IA Senator) and Steve King(IA4) seem to think McCain style reform is not a good idea. What does Christie think?
Branstad doesn’t want the illegals, and he is no conservative.
Does Christie think they have 60 Senate votes to enforce the law?
Fool! They probably already are.
That’s the thing. Christie is an open borders extremist; even in the north east.
The NY GOP Senate (and 2 Dems) stopped the NY Dream Aid Act.
The NH GOP controlled Senate blocked the NH tuition act.
Governor LePage is cutting off welfare to illegals.
The Democrat Massachusetts legislature blocked driving privileges for illegals.
So make room for them in your own house, Fatso.
Sure Chris...what’s a few more right? We’ve already got about 250,000 here already...this guy has some set on him...he actually thinks he is a major player for the nomination while he keeps pulling stunts like this...the biggest disappointment of a governor (no pun intended)...i wrote him off after the Hurricane Sandy debacle and he keeps getting worse and worse...can’t wait until his term is up...of course then we’ll get the usual Democrat back in who will be 10 times worse...my state is so depressing..
I saw Christy today and he has lost at least 60 lbs...looks so much better. I saw new clothes and a shaped up Governor....
I think Christy will help a few illegals of his choosing, and get enough info to find out what is really going on in Central America, then use that info to steamroll democrats prior to 2016...He will run for President.
Remember that Christy was a Federal Prosecutor....
Christie supports Amnesty...all we need to know here
Without even reading this article I’m just gonna say Christy is a fat ass schmuck.
Good luck in your next election Christy Kreme. Fraud.