TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie rejected the Legislature’s minimum wage hike bill Monday and sent a re-written proposal back to lawmakers.
The governor is offering a $1 dollar phase-in over three years, as well as a 25 percent increase in the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit.
In his veto message, Christie said this bill would “jeopardize the economic recovery we all seek.”
Lawmakers proposed a $1.25 increase – raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 – and an annual cost of living increase.
Christie said that New Jersey’s small businesses would not be able to survive the minimum wage increase and automatic annual increase. He said they would be faced with three choices: lay off workers, raise prices or leave New Jersey.
Senate President Steve Sweeney had vowed that if the bill was vetoed, the Democrats would pursue plan B: a constitutional amendment.
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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran- Star-Ledger
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