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Why Christie isn't slashing funding to Newark over sanctuary city status

Friday, February 3, 2017   (0 Comments)
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NJ.com 02/03/17

Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday night he won't take the lead to cut state funding to New Jersey cities like Newark over its officials refusal to comply with President Donald Trump's executive order targeting so-called sanctuary cities. Christie, in an interview on Fox News, said he wouldn't follow the lead of fellow GOP Gov. Greg Abbott, of Texas, who recently blocked state funding to Austin after its sheriff announced it would only honor immigration holds in instances of violent crimes.

But Christie told Fox News' Bill O'Reilly he will not take the lead in cutting funding to Newark and other sanctuary cities in the Garden State.  "First they need the federal government to act, Bill, because when you talk about sanctuary cities, they're not refusing to enforce state laws. They're refusing to enforce federal laws," Christie said. "Gov. Abbott governs a very different state then I do."

But, Christie made clear, he supports the federal government slashing aid to sanctuary cities. "Let me tell you, when I ran for president I said I'd do exactly the same thing. The fact is those folks should be enforcing federal law and the federal government has to give tools to the states to be able to help them have have the enforcement of federal law," Christie said.

 


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