Christie vows to veto bill reimbursing sanctuary cities that lose federal funding

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Gov. Chris Christie (R) has vowed to veto a bill that would reimburse sanctuary cities with state funds in the event that the President Donald Trump administration cuts their federal funding.

“That will never happen when I’m governor,” Christie said on New Jersey 101.5’s “Ask the Governor” program last night.

“That one – you know usually I don’t talk about bills beforehand. That one’s so outrageous and such political pandering that I will veto that on arrival.”

Last week, state Senator Brian Stack (D-33) announced he would be introducing a bill in the Senate that would protect sanctuary cities if they lose federal funding.

This scenario marks a rare discord between Christie and Stack, who have almost always been on the same page since the Union City mayor crossed party lines to endorse Christie for re-election back in 2013 (h/t The Record).

The bill was tabled at yesterday’s legislative session, though it is expected to be reintroduced in the near future. Whether it will have support from state representatives from suburban districts remains to be seen.

Earlier this month when Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop signed an executive order declaring the municipality a sanctuary city, he took aim at Christie, an old rival, for switching his stance on immigration since being elected to the state’s top office.

Hours later during a press conference in front of a Union City mosque, Stack declared Trump’s immigration order preventing citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States “a disgrace,” inviting illegal immigrants into Union City as a safe haven.

Neither Christie or Stack has mentioned the other by name since the issue of sanctuary cities, which don’t have a formal definition but generally regarded as a place where illegal immigrants can peacefully live, has come to the forefront in New Jersey politics.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revealed that the U.S. Department of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) made 680 arrests across the country, including New York, over the weekend.

During the same radio show appearance, Christie said he had no indication that ICE agents had began making arrests in New Jersey.