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2013
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NJ Gov. Christie Vetoes Minimum Wage Hike, Cites Method of Implementation as Hangup



Unwelcome news came for workers in New Jersey yesterday when Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a minimum wage increase suggesting he supports the idea but not the method in which it would have been implemented. Via lefty mainstay ThinkProgress:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) today vetoed an increase in the minimum wage that was passed by the state’s Democratic senate. Using what’s known as a “conditional veto,” Christie sent the bill back saying he would sign it if certain changes were made, including: shrinking the increase from $8.50 to $8.25 per hour, phasing it in over three years, and eliminating a provision tying the wage to inflation.

Christie, whose popularity has recently surged across party preference, appears to be bucking public opinion in this instance as 82 percent of voters in a recent Quinnipiac poll supported the jump to $8.50.

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