A scheduled vote in the New Jersey state senate was postponed last week, likely indicating that state legislators didn't have enough votes to pass a measure allowing illegal aliens to pay in-state tuition rates at the state's public universities and colleges.
The vote was supposed to occur on Thursday afternoon, pass along party lines, and then move to the state assembly for final approval. On Jan. 19, Governor-elect Chris Christie, who opposes the legislation, will take oath of office. So, this week is the last chance for the state legislature to get a bill to outgoing Governor Jon Corzine who supports the measure. Senate leaders pulled the vote off the schedule on Thursday when senate members received resistance.
A vote is scheduled in the state senate for Monday afternoon.
A Monmouth University/Gannett Poll from last year indicated that the majority of New Jerseyans think illegal immigration is a problem in the Garden State, and only 20% believe that illegal aliens should receive in-state tuition rates.
See our map of states that provide in-state tuition benefits to illegal aliens.
Updated: Mon, Jan 11th 2010 @ 10:35am EST