Judge clears Cruz to run for president in New Jersey
A New Jersey judge ruled on Tuesday that the Canadian-born senator meets the qualifications to run in the New Jersey primary in June.
"The more persuasive legal analysis is that such a child, born of a citizen-father, citizen-mother, or both, is indeed a 'natural born citizen,'" The judge said in his ruling.
As Cruz has come closer to potentially becoming the Republican nominee, a growing number of legal experts have questions his eligibility to run for president.
In this case, a group of New Jersey residents contested Cruz's candidacy -- arguing that he was born in Canada to an American mother and Cuban father, he's ineligible to run for president.
Cruz has had to fight this question for a good portion of 2016 after Donald Trump began to float the possibility as an attack earlier this year.
"Do you believe Sen. Ted Cruz is a natural born citizen?" Wolf Blitzer asked Trump in an interview in January.
"I don't know," Trump replied.
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Cruz has fought back, saying his citizenship is "settled law," but the argument over what a "natural born citizen" actually means been going on for years, and the only group who could actually put the issue to rest, the Supreme Court, has never done so.
The judge's decision will now head to the secretary of state who can choose to accept the opinion or reject it.