Christie To Chamber Of Commerce: ‘I’m Tired Of Hearing About Minimum Wage’
[su_right_ad]It’s obvious what side Chris Christie is on, and who he’d advocate for in a presidential run.
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.
“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,’ ” he said.
Christie, a guy who knows his way around a kitchen table, vetoed a bill in January 2013 that would have given New Jersey’s lowest paid workers a $1.25-an-hour pay hike — claiming it jeopardized the economic recovery of his state…
New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney blasted Christie’s speech as condescending to people struggling to make ends meet.
“This is a group of people that he doesn’t care about,” he said. “The only group that’s done better since he’s been governor has been the millionaires in this state.”[su_csky_ad]