NJ MAKES IT EASIER FOR RESIDENTS FROM TERRITORIES TO GET DRIVER'S LICENSE
NORTH BERGEN – Gov. Chris Christie seemed to be taking another shot at winning over Latino voters yesterday with his announcement that his administration will now allow residents of U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico to receive New Jersey driver’s licenses without retaking a written exam.
Christie, seeking reelection and leading his Democratic opponent according to the polls, said residents of Puerto Rico, Guam and other territories will now be able to get a New Jersey driver’s license as easily as any resident of another state who moves here.
“Our job in New Jersey is to make everyone feel welcome and this is another step in doing that,” Christie said this morning at the Sabor Latin Bistro restaurant in North Bergen.
“If you get your driver’s license in Puerto Rico, there’s no reason for you to come up to New Jersey and get restested,” Christie said.
“When I find stupid rules, I like to change them,” he added. “There’s enough stupidity in government, believe me, and some of the stupidity in government I can’t change — like look at Washington, D.C., right? There’s some stuff you just can’t change, but the things that I can change, I want to change. Especially when those stupid things also give a tinge of a double standard.”
Other U.S. territories affected are American Samoa and the U.S.Virgin Islands.
The announcement was met with a standing ovation at the packed North Bergen restaurant.
Before the rule change, those who held driver’s licenses in their home territories had to take a written exam if they moved to New Jersey and wanted a driver’s license here. Now, they can transfer their licenses if they pass the state Motor Vehicle Commission’s six-point identification and address verification system.
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