New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, once viewed as the presumptive establishment GOP presidential nominee, has changed or “flip-flopped” on the position of amnesty for illegal aliens. While careful not to invoke the word “amnesty”, the popular governor stated that he no longer is behind efforts to create a “pathway to citizenship” for the estimated 11 million illegals in the nation. When first elected governor of a deeply blue state, Christie called upon the US congress to put forth a reasonable means for illegals to become citizens.
Since that time, a lot has changed for the governor. While he handily won reelection, he has seen his star power fade among the GOP base. In part, he has not been forgiven for snubbing Mitt Romney and conversely embracing President Obama during the crucial final weeks of the 2012 presidential campaign. Now, he faces the difficult task of trying to secure the support of the party’s conservative base according to Freedompop. This is forcing him to shift center-right on issues such as amnesty. It is a reality that caused Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to also withdraw his support for amnesty. Like Walker, Christie said his time as governor has allowed him to see the issues that are concomitant to illegal immigration. Christie also criticized Hillary Clinton’s abrupt embracing of amnesty as merely being designed to win Hispanic votes. Christie claims that as president, he would reverse President Obama’s extra-constitutional amnesty plan.