Chris Christie Vetoes a $15 Minimum Wage Bill

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

New Jersey Governor and relentless asshole Chris Christie has vetoed legislation that would have gradually increased the state's minimum wage to $15 over the next five years.

Christie framed his veto of the legislation, which would have lifted nearly a million people out of poverty, by playing concern troll for business owners.

"This type of heavy hand of government, to say that we know better than the people that actually own these businesses, is the reason why past administrations New Jersey has become less and less affordable," he said.

Christie added: "This measure is a complete pander to folks who are uniformed because they neither receive the minimum wage or pay it."

At this point, Christie isn't even pretending to be looking out for the little guy, he's straight up caping for business owners.

New Jersey has become "less and less affordable" because the cost of living has gone up but wages haven't. Wages haven't gone up because of men like Governor Christie standing in the way of progress.

To tell people struggling to get by that they're "uninformed" for wanting higher wages is a giant fuck you to the working poor; people who both receive the minimum wage and pay for it every single day.

  • muselet

    I invite Chris Christie to live on New Jersey’s $8.38/hr minimum wage for a month, with no resort to his savings or contributions from other clueless meatsacks.

    He’d be curled up in a ball in the corner, weeping uncontrollably, within a week.


  • GrafZeppelin127

    Wages haven’t gone up because of men like Governor Christie standing in the way of progress.

    Wages haven’t gone up because workers don’t have the bargaining power to demand higher wages. Between the union busting and the supply-side bullshit, no one’s on their side, and employers know it. People like Christie like that just fine.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius


    Screw those people for wanting to earn enough from their labor to afford to eat.

  • Aynwrong

    As someone who lived in New Jersey for most of his life this is really an embarrassment. Chris Christie is our Paul LePage with something of a filter between his brain and his mouth. His “telling it like it is” routine wore thin quite awhile ago. Everything he said was the perfect distillation of how Republicans see the world without ever thinking about it.