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Did Chris Christie Say too much AGAINST the Minimum Wage?


Yesterday callously told a Chamber of Commerce crowd that, “I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am.”   But Christie’s not alone in his position on the minimum wage. Republicans across the country, from Congressional Republicans to Governors oppose raising the minimum wage. Here are a few example:

  • This year Senate Republicans refused to raise the minimum wage to $10.10, a move that could lift nearly 5 million Americans out of poverty.
  • In Florida, Governor Rick Scott said the thought of raising the minimum wage made him “cringe.”
  • In Illinois, candidate Bruce Rauner has said he favored eliminating Illinois’ minimum wage altogether.
  • In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker said that he doesn’t “think it serves a purpose.”
  • In Connecticut candidate Tom Foley “distanced himself” from a reasonable minimum wage hike.
  • In Kansas, a top adviser to Governor Sam Brownbackreferred to the federal minimum wage as the “black teenage unemployment act.”

  Below please find a roundup of coverage of Christie’s minimum wage comments: Chris Christie: “I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage”CBS NEWS // REBECCA KAPLANThe Democratic National Committee was quick to pick up on the statement, mocking Christie for his words.”That’s right.

The 4th highest paid governor in America – at $175,000 a year – said that,” the group wrote in an email.They noted that in January 2013, Christie vetoed legislation passed by the Democrat-controlled state legislature that would have increased the minimum wage in New Jersey from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour.

At the time, Christie argued it would “jeopardize the economic recovery we all seek. “In November, when New Jersey voters elected Christie for a second term, 60 percent also voted to approve a ballot measure to raise the minimum wage to $8.25 an hour.   Why Chris Christie can’t dodge discussion of the minimum wage WASHINGTON POST // MAX EHRENFREUND Christie repeated a common critique of the minimum wage — that is only is earned by kids on summer or weekend jobs — but the truth is quite different.

About half of workers earning minimum wage in this country are at least 25, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. About 4.5 million parents are raising children on a wage less than $10.10 per hour (sometimes proposed as a new minimum), writes Ben Casselman. In his remarks, Christie argued that what Americans want is economic growth — not an increase in the minimum wage.

But, of course, the two aren’t mutually exclusive. While raising the minimum wage may have a moderate impact on employment, it also puts money in the hands of people who are most likely to spend it. Christie Hits Democrats on Minimum Wage WALL STREET JOURNAL // REID J. EPSTEIN & HEATHER HADDON Mr. Christie has spoken out against raising the minimum wage in the past, saying in May that he believes “making those type of extreme moves in one fell swoop is not good for the economy.

”Last year, Mr. Christie vetoed a bill passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature to increase the hourly minimum wage to $8.50 from $7.25 with annual adjustments for inflation.

Christie Offers Democrats A Killer Soundbite on Minimum Wage TIME // ZEKE J. MILLER The moment was not unlike Mitt Romney’s 2012 line that “I like being able to fire people” when they do poor work—a tenet of the free market, but an statement that played into the insensitive rich guy narrative Democrats and his GOP primary opponents had already invested millions in developing.  

Chris Christie ‘tired’ of hearing about minimum wage MARKET WATCH // ROBERT SCHROEDERThe remarks, predictably, earned Christie plenty of scorn on Twitter. But they shouldn’t have been a surprise. Christie vetoed a bill in 2013 that raised the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, which was “too much, too soon,” in his words. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

New Jersey voters later approved a ballot initiative raising the state’s minimum wage to $8.25 an hour. That rate took effect in January.Chris Christie says he’s ‘tired’ of minimum wage talk; Obama, Dems focus on it as midterm voter baitNJ.COM // CLAUDE BRODESSER-AKNERIn an interview with New Jersey Advance Media, New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) reacted to Christie’s comments with scorn.

“This is a group of people that he doesn’t care about,” said Sweeney, “The only group that’s done better since he’s been governor has been the millionaires in this state. “Sweeney said the power of any minimum wage increase was that its effect on the economy was immediate. “Pay people more on the bottom scale, and they’ll spend it,” said Sweeney, “As soon as they get it, it goes right back into the economy.

  Chris Christie: ‘I’m tired of hearing about minimum wage’ WASHINGTON TIMES // JENNIFER POMPIA federal minimum wage hike is one of the first planks in the Democrats’ platform this election cycle, with President Obama in February signing an order to raise the minimum wage for federal government contractors to $10.10 an hour, up from $7.25 an hour.

Mr. Christie in 2013 vetoed a bill to raise the minimum wage in New Jersey to $8.50 an hour, though voters later approved a ballot measure to increase the wage to $8.25, according to MarketWatch.   Gov. Christie slams low-pay woes: ‘I’m tired of hearing about minimum wage’ NY DAILY NEWS // BILL HUTCHINSON Christie, who along with his wife raked in $700,000 last year, ignited a firestorm Tuesday in a speech that critics say mocked the 16.5 million Americans working for minimum wage.

“I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am,” the Republican governor — and possible presidential candidate in 2016 — said at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Legal Reform Summit in Washington, D.C. Chris Christie is ‘tired of hearing about the minimum wage’ CHICAGO SUN-TIMES // CHAD MERDA Christie shares the same opinion as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who recently said minimum wage serves no purpose

A number of states have minimum wage measures on the November ballot.   Chris Christie: I’m ‘tired’ of minimum wage talk MSNBC // ALIYAH FRUMIN Don’t talk to Chris Christie about the minimum wage: He’s sick and tired of hearing about it. The Republican governor of New Jersey made the admission at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legal Reform Summit in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

“I have to tell you the truth,” said Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate. “I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am. I don’t think there’s a mother or father sitting around a kitchen table tonight saying ‘you know honey, if our son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, my god – all our dreams would be realized.”

GOP’s minimum wage disaster: How Chris Christie and Scott Walker are stepping in it SALON // LUKE BRINKER Buoyed by surveys showing that voters overwhelmingly support raising the federal minimum wage, Democrats have held Republicans’ feet to the fire this year, pressing GOP candidates and officeholders to take clear stands on the issue.

Most have — and they’re overwhelmingly opposed to raising the federal wage above its current level of $7.25 an hour. And as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attest, it’s exceedingly difficult for Republicans to discuss the issue without sounding both callous and clueless.

Christie’s minimum wage flub came today — during a speech before a well-heeled crowd at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, no less. “I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage,” Christie said, according to The Hill. “I really am. I don’t think there’s a mother or a father sitting around the kitchen table tonight in America saying, ‘You know, honey, if our son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, my God, all of our dreams would be realized.’”

Christie is ‘tired of hearing about the minimum wage’ MSNBC // STEVE BENEN No wonder Christie is tired of hearing about this: he’s on the wrong side and being reminded of this is apparently annoying. But if the governor finds it irritating to hear about Americans working for poverty wages, he should perhaps try to imagine how irritating it is for those who actually get paid $7.25 an hour.

  Chris Christie: ‘I’m Tired Of Hearing About The Minimum Wage ‘TALKING POINTS MEMO //Christie’s comments come a week after fellow Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin said that he doesn’t think the minimum wage “serves a purpose.” Unlike Christie, Walker is up for re-election in November against Democrat Mary Burke, who supports raising the minimum age to $10.10 an hour.

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