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UNION CITY, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie will take part in a ceremonial bill signing for a measure that lowers tuition costs at public colleges for New Jersey students who lack lawful immigration status.

Christie signed the bill privately last month, the day after the Legislature agreed to drop financial aid eligibility for the students. New Jersey is the one of the most recent states to pass so-called "DREAM Act" legislation, which extends cheaper in-state tuition rates to qualifying students were brought illegally to the U.S. as children.

Similar legislation has stalled at the federal level.

Christie is planning to meet with Hispanic leaders in Union City and hold a public signing Tuesday morning at the Colin Powell Elementary School.

The issue had become a distraction for the Republican and possible 2016 presidential candidate.

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