Well, who knew Gov. Christie was a country music fan? We all know he idolizes the Boss, but when he conditionally vetoed a much-needed minimum-wage increase this week, he took a page right out of the Travis Tritt songbook, essentially telling New Jersey’s hard-working minimum wage earners, here’s a quarter, call someone who cares.
That’s right. In response to a bill passed by the legislature calling for a $1.25 increase in the minimum wage and future automatic increases tied to the rate of inflation, Gov. Christie countered with a proposed increase of 25 cents an hour in the first year. Minimum wage workers would have to wait until 2015 to see a full dollar increase (still less than what the legislation called for immediately) and would not see any inflation-based increases.
It’s another piece in a mounting pile of evidence that the concerns of working-class New Jersey residents can’t compete on Gov. Christie’s agenda with things like tax cuts for the very wealthy. Try as he might to justify his discredited trickle-down economic theories, he’s going to find it difficult to explain his priorities to voters. They are going to want to know why he’s worked so hard to put more money in the pockets of the wealthy but callously vetoed a common-sense proposal to put a few more dollars in the pockets of hard-working people who need that money just to make it through the week with a little more dignity.