Obama calls out N.J. Governor Christie in fight for minimum wage hike
By Roberta Rampton
WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on
Chris Christie for criticism for balking at a push to raise the
minimum wage, a move favored by most Americans.
During a meeting with top advisors and a group of 14
Democratic governors at the White House, Obama said Republican
governors were out of touch with their constituents on the
"For example, in New Jersey, even though the Republican
governor opposed it, it passed by 60 percent," he said,
referring to Christie's veto on a state wage hike that later
became a ballot initiative approved by voters.
Obama wants to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour
from the current $7.25. Polls show three quarters of Americans
favor the plan.
The proposal has little chance of approval by Congress. The
Congressional Budget Office said it would lead to the loss of
about half a million jobs by late 2016, even as it lifts almost