Dylan Chidick

Amy Newman/NorthJersey.com

Formerly Homeless NJ Teen Accepted To 18 Colleges

March 23, 2019 - 12:11 pm

JERSEY CITY (WCBS 880) – A teenager from Jersey City who was once homeless has gotten into 18 colleges – and he received a congratulatory phone call from the governor himself.

 Dylan Chidick, 17, got a call from Gov. Phil Murphy to commend him for overcoming his challenges and getting into more than a dozen colleges.

“All of New Jersey is proud of you. We bless you. We salute you. You are the American dream, my friend,” Murphy told Chidick on a phone call posted to Twitter.

“This is a huge deal for me,” the governor says to the teen.

“Oh, it’s a huge deal for me,” Chidick says. “You’re the governor.”

“I am the governor, and maybe someday you’ll be the governor based on everything I’ve heard,” Murphy says.

Expenses for Chidick’s twin brothers with heart conditions and his mother’s illness had forced the family into homelessness.

They were able to find a home thanks to a HUD-funded program called Village of Families – and Chidick got to work on college applications.

He was ultimately accepted to 18 schools. He chose The College of New Jersey, which he’ll be attending in the fall.