STATEMENT August-30-2016

Sweeney Responds To Minimum Wage Veto

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney today issued the following statement criticizing Governor Chris Christie for his veto of legislation that would have improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Jersey’s hardest working residents by raising the minimum wage.

“This move is unproductive but sadly predictable. We gave him a chance to do the right thing by putting this bill on his desk even though we knew the chances of him standing up for low-wage workers were slim.

“That the Governor chose to veto a responsibly phased-in increase in the minimum wage, in front of the very types of employees that desperately need this economic lifeline, makes it all the harder to stomach.

“While I’m disappointed the Governor has once again turned his back on the most vulnerable participants in our economy, Senate Democrats stand ready to continue our march for economic fairness for all New Jerseyans.

“We will do the right thing and introduce a constitutional amendment to incrementally raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by the year 2021.”