New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced yesterday, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legal Reform Summit in Washington, D.C., he’s sick and tired of hearing about the minimum wage.
“I have to tell you the truth,” said Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate. “I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am. I don’t think there’s a mother or father sitting around a kitchen table tonight saying ‘you know honey, if our son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, my god – all our dreams would be realized.”
Christie continued, “Is that what parents aspire to for our children? They aspire to a greater growing America where their children have the ability to make much more money and have much greater success than they had. And that’s not about a higher minimum wage, everybody. So we should start talking about what our aspirations are and how they can be achieved rather than the president playing to the lowest common denominator on a higher minimum wage.”
The fact is, as Max Ehrenfreund explains, about half of all workers earning a minimum wage in this country are not children. They’re at least 25 years of age.