Republican primaries can do funny things to politicians. It wasn't too long ago that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), for example, supported comprehensive immigration and boasted about his support from Garden State's Latino community.
Now that the Republican governor is running for president, he opposes the bipartisan reform package -- "This path to citizenship stuff is garbage," Christie said last week -- and has no qualms about pandering to the anti-immigration elements in the Republican base.
Just how far is the New Jersey Republican prepared to go down this path? ThinkProgress flagged an interesting Christie quote from this morning.
In a radio appearance on Wednesday, conservative host Laura Ingraham asked Christie for his opinion on birthright citizenship, a topic he does not seem to have specifically addressed before. In response, Christie said he believed the policy may be outdated.
"I think all this stuff needs to be reexamined in light of the current circumstances," he said. "[Birthright citizenship] may have made sense at some point in our history, but right now, we need to re-look at all that."
I can't vouch for the exact wording -- I didn't hear the interview myself -- but if Christie seriously believes birthright citizenship is ripe for a "reexamination," he's adopting a needlessly radical position, especially for someone who tried to be mainstream on the issue up until fairly recently.