Newly re-elected New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was making the rounds on the news shows on Sunday. He was asked if he still favors comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
The Republican governor evaded the pathway to citizenship detail on Fox. Christie told Fox’s Chris Wallace, “Well, Chris what I favor is fixing the broken system…What Congress needs to do is get to work, working with each other and the president, to fix a broken system that is not serving our economy well, that is not serving our country well.”
On This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Christie was asked if he supported comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. Christie responded, “George, I don’t get to make those determinations,” saying that the folks in Washington decide those details. When Stephanopoulos tried to clarify and ask Christie to share his opinion on immigration, Christie said, “I can have an opinion on lots of things George but we’re not going to go through all of that this morning.”
Back in 2010, Christie said in an interview, “So the president and the Congress have to step up to the plate, they have to secure our borders, and they have to put forward a commonsense path to citizenship for people. And until they do that, states are going to struggle all over the country with this problem, and so is federal law enforcement, who doesn’t have the resources to do it effectively.”
Christie is rumored to be interested in pursuing the GOP nomination for the presidency in 2016. In not stating a position at this point, Christie keeps his options open for deciding what he will support when the race for the Republican nomination heats up. Recent polling shows that a majority of Americans support immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. So even if Christie had told Chris Wallace and George Stephanopoulos that he did support reform with the path to citizenship, he would not have been outside of the mainstream.