Christie finds allies among Hispanic leaders

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is finding support in the nation's Hispanic community even as controversy grows around him.

Some minority leaders usually aligned with Democrats are giving the Republican governor the benefit of the doubt. They're willing to support Christie, in part, because he aggressively courted Hispanic voters throughout his first term. He also signed a new law this month granting in-state college tuition rates to New Jersey immigrants in the country illegally. That came just days before an apparent political retribution plot was exposed.

The Hispanic community is not unified behind Christie. Even those pleased with his minority outreach suggest their views could change should new evidence surface. But their early support highlights Christie's popularity with Hispanic voters compared with Republicans elsewhere ahead of the 2016 presidential contest.

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