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Immigrant tuition bill expected to move forward

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey Assembly committee is expected to advance a bill granting cheaper in-state tuition to students living in the U.S. illegally.

A dozen states have similar laws, including Texas.

Bill sponsor Assemblyman Gordon Johnson of Teaneck says the bill will be amended to match the Senate version, which also allows those students to receive financial aid.

The Senate passed the bill last month and it could reach Gov. Chris Christie's desk by the end of the year.

The Republican, who won re-election with 50 percent of the Hispanic vote, said during the campaign that he supported so-called tuition equality. However, the governor recently said he would not sign the Senate bill.

Christie says the proposal could make New Jersey a magnet for students who are in the country illegally.

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