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Sen. Kean Statement on Governor’s Conditional Veto of Democrats’ Partisan Minimum Wage Bill

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement on Governor Chris Christie’s conditional veto of A-2162:

“The Governor has rightly rejected a partisan bill to set New Jersey’s minimum wage on auto pilot regardless of the economic circumstances or needs of job creators. The recommendations for changes made in his veto statement are the reasonable and responsible way to increase the minimum wage without telling New Jersey’s business community to, in effect, drop dead.”

“Had the Democrats bothered to do the right thing and negotiate an increase or series of increases with the Governor and Republicans, help would be on the way for low wage workers.”

“Unfortunately, in the throes of their extended political temper tantrum, this bill wasn’t about doing the right thing. Rather, it was about Democrats using the legislative process to drive turnout for this year’s elections, long term consequences to the state’s economy notwithstanding.”

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