Christie against licenses for those without legal status

Gov. Chris Christie says he would veto legislation establishing a state driver’s license for residents who cannot prove they are in the United States legally.

Christie on Monday called the idea dangerous. His statement came after hundreds marched to the New Jersey statehouse to call on lawmakers to support the measure.

Rally organizer Juan Pablo Orjuela says the legislation is important because so many immigrants in New Jersey need a car in order to get to work. He says the measure could promote safety by encouraging people to purchase auto insurance.

About 450 marchers first met at Trenton’s War Memorial then walked to the statehouse steps. Some carried flags. Others wore stickers reading “Drive Safe NJ.” Many spoke Spanish.

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The Assembly homeland security committee considered the measure Monday.

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