Chris Christie (R-NJ) has often been portrayed as a moderate by the mainstream press. But today, Christie proved again that he’s an ally of the super-rich and Big Business by vetoing a popular hike to the minimum wage.
This minimum wage increase would’ve brought the wage to $8.50 and then tie it to the consumer price index for the future. Christie said he wanted instead to raise the wage by only 25 cents this year, and then 50 cents the next year and 25 cents more three years from now.
A recent Quinnipac poll found that 82 percent of New Jerseyans support simply raising the wage to $8.50, showing that the governor is siding with the far-right in his veto.
Several months ago your back was against the wall and you needed help. We, as American concerned citizens responded far ahead of the Congress and cme to your rescue and your citizenry. For we are all one. Now it appears you have forgottenthe commradery that makes this couty great. Not only have your people taken a hit with all the deistation now they are being betrayed by their elected official. When will this madness end? when wil we become the America we had and still lve and want. Please do the righ thng Governor. I know you are an honest and just man.
While 82 percent support the increase the poll didn’t inform the respondents of linked increases to the CPI index so that does change what would be the percentage of support for this bill. Let’s be glad Christie supports any increase in the minimum wage.
Economics is not Politics and most people don’t study the former. Minimum wage is a price floor. It has the same effect as all price floors. If they set it at $8.50 and your labor commands $7.00, you are frozen out of the workforce, just as a $8.50 minimum price for a hamburger would effectively eliminate the Big Mac. The firm may hire someone – just like you may still eat a burger. But it won’t be the same worker, just as you won’t spend $8.50 on a Big Mac.