POLIZETTE — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s on-again, off-again embrace of liberalized immigration reform will definitely be “on” again once more if he becomes president.
Christie made his comments on “The Laura Ingraham Show” one day before New Hampshire voters head to the polls for the first-in-the-nation primary. Christie rejected his GOP presidential rival’s argument that he would enforce immigration law.
“The problem is that he’s not for enforcing the law, and there’s nothing in his record that proves he is,” Christie said. “In fact, what’s in his record is that he signed on for an amnesty bill that would allow for legalization and citizenship for people who came here illegally. And he ran away from it as soon as the heat got hot. But you can be sure he’ll run right back to it if he’s elected president of the United States, because his big donors, that’s what they want.”
Christie was referring to a 2013 bill that Rubio sponsored with seven other senators that would have offered a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants. It passed the upper chamber, but died in the House of Representatives. Rubio has been trying ever since to square his participation in that effort with intense opposition among Republican voters.