Target: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
Goal: Reconsider veto of a minimum wage increase in New Jersey
Governor Christie issued a conditional veto of a minimum wage increase passed by the State Senate. New Jersey’s minimum wage is currently at $7.25; the bill would have increased it to $8.50. Sign the petition to condemn Christie’s veto, which harms the poorest families in New Jersey, and ask that he reconsider.
Christie said he would sign the bill only if the increase was reduced by 25 cents to $8.25. He also asked that the provision which tied the wage to inflation be removed. Finally, he demanded that the minimum wage increase only be implemented gradually over the course of three years. If the Senate meets Christie’s demands it would mean that over the course of the next three years the minimum wage would only increase by $1, barely keeping up with inflation. Christie’s veto has severe economic consequences for New Jersey. If the bill had been passed, it would have increased wages by $439 million and boosted economic activity by $378 million. It would have created 2,420 new full time jobs and 537,000 people would have received a wage increase. 307,000 New Jerseyans who are currently making minimum wage would have gotten a wage increase and 230,000 who are making slightly above minimum wage would have gotten a raise because of pay scale adjustment.
The veto comes at a time when New Jersey’s cost of living is 30% higher than the national average, according to a study by the Wage Advisory Commission. Christie claims that the minimum wage increase will harm economic recovery in New Jersey. Academic research and studies from the New Jersey Policy Perspective and Center for American Progress show that even in economic recessions raising the minimum wage has no negative impact on economic activity and employment. Sign the petition to condemn Governor Christie’s veto and ask that he reconsider.
Dear Governor Christie,
I am writing as a concerned citizen to condemn your veto of the minimum wage increase and ask that you reconsider your demands. Contrary to your statements that minimum wage increase would harm economic recovery, “We reviewed academic research that examines the effects of minimum wage increases during a recession or stretch of time with high unemployment and found significant evidence that even during hard economic times, raising the minimum wage is likely to have no adverse effect on employment.”
New Jersey has a cost of living 30% higher than the rest of the nation. Many families are struggling and would benefit greatly from a minimum wage increase. Wages will increase by $439 million in the first year alone along with overall economic activity, which would increase by $278 million in the first year. The equivalent of 2,420 full time jobs would be created. Your demands would eviscerate the bill and would result in a mere $1 increase over the course of three years. This bill is good for the state of New Jersey and the people of New Jersey. I urge you to sign it without modification.
I hope you consider my thoughts.
[Your Name Here]