A judge in New Jersey has ruled that Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is a “natural-born citizen” under the US constitution and may run in the state’s primary elections in June. A group of residents had challenged the Texas senator’s eligibility for the presidency. He was born in Canada to a Cuban father and American mother. But Judge Jeff Masin found that Mr Cruz met the constitutional requirements. New Jersey’s Lt Governor, Kim Guadagno, is now expected to review the decision.
… The South Jersey Concerned Citizens Committee and law professor Victor Williams, a presidential write-in candidate, argued in court in on Monday that Sen Cruz’s birth in Canada meant he could not be a “natural-born citizen” as envisaged by those who wrote the US constitution. They claimed he was a naturalised citizen and that presidents had to be born on US soil.
Sen Cruz’s lawyer argued that he was a natural-born citizen because his mother was American.
On Tuesday, Judge Masin dismissed the challenge, while acknowledging that “absolute certainty as to this issue is only available to those who actually sat in Philadelphia and themselves thought on the issue”.