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Wisniewski Statement on Gov. Christie Veto of Minimum Wage Increase

The bill vetoed by governor would have raised state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour

(TRENTON) – Assembly Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) today issued the following statement in response to the governor’s veto of the minimum wage bill (A-15):

“The disappointments continue with this governor.
“Raising the minimum wage would have given those residents who work hard, but must supplement their low wages with assistance from the government, the boost needed to be financially independent. This veto punishes hard-working residents who simply don’t earn enough to make ends meet, and exacerbates the burden on our economy by making it harder for them to wean themselves from that dependency.
“This is an unfortunate decision but not a surprising one given the administration’s record.
“The governor had the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of New Jerseyans stuck in this cycle, but chose not to. We must now entrust this job to the voters, who I believe will see the fairness in this proposal and recognize the benefits of affording their less fortunate neighbors a livable wage.”