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March 28, 2018
Connors, Rumpf & Gove Reject Giving Illegal Aliens State Tuition Assistance

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Fulfilling their oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law, Senator Christopher J. Connors (R-9) voted against providing illegal aliens with state tuition assistance. Both Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove announced their intention to also vote no if the Assembly considers the legislation.

9th district lawmakers Connors, Rumpf, and Gove oppose legislation that would allow illegal aliens to qualify for state tuition assistance. (

The members of the 9th District delegation made the following statement in response to the State Senate’s passage of S-699, which would allow illegal aliens who meet certain criteria to qualify for State student financial aid programs:

“There is a general consensus that New Jersey does not provide sufficient tuition aid to legal taxpaying residents but now, somehow, Trenton can find the money to give to people who are in our country illegally to pay for college?

“Rewarding persons for breaking the law disenfranchises law-abiding citizens. It’s no wonder people are leaving the state in droves that is, of course, except for the illegal aliens coming to New Jersey where, as a sanctuary state in the making, they are entitled to government benefits.

“Establishing New Jersey as a sanctuary state not only undermines the rule of law – it exacerbates the state’s very serious and pressing fiscal problems. For this very reason, our delegation vehemently opposed and voted against the State law that provides in-state tuition for illegal aliens signed by former Governor Chris Christie.

“Too many of our constituents are already at their financial breaking point. A broken school funding formula raises their property taxes so they pay not only for their kids to go to school, but also for someone else’s kid living in another part of the state to go school. The 23-cent gas tax increase means they pay more at the pump now so there’s revenue for a mass transit project in North Jersey.

“Politics – not sound public policy – is the sole driving force behind pro-illegal immigration whether its tuition aid or providing driver’s licenses for illegal aliens for that matter. Regardless, the rule of law matters greatly to our constituents, whose interests we will continue to represent by opposing policies that turn New Jersey into a sanctuary state.”

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