Chamber president urges Legislature to drop pursuit of voter approval of minimum wage hike

TRENTON – The head of the state Chamber of Commerce lauded today’s conditional veto of a minimum wage hike, and pleaded with lawmakers to approve it.

“We are supportive of the governor’s conditional-veto decision. It’s a reasonable compromise in light of the state’s difficult economy,” Chamber President Thomas Bracken said.

“We believe the governor’s phase-in proposal will allow our members to plan their budgets with more certainty.

“We urge the full Legislature to approve the conditional veto and not pursue a constitutional  amendment which would set a bad precedent for matters of public policy.”

Democratic leaders have said they would pursue a constitutional amendment if Gov. Christie vetoed the bill.

The amendment working its way through the Legislature would increase the minimum pay by $1, from $7.25 to $8.25. Christie’s veto would opt for a $1 hike as well, phased in over three years.

Chamber president urges Legislature to drop pursuit of voter approval of minimum wage hike