New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is known for a lot of things—stealing the show with his terrified face standing behind Donald Trump at a Super Tuesday press conference, nixing a statute that would have banned crates that severely limit and injure pigs on farms, and, of course, Bridgegate.
Now we have one more thing to add to that list.
This past Monday, Christie vetoed an equal pay bill that would have banned employers from paying women less for “substantially similar” work as men. It would have been the strongest bill of its kind in the country demanding that women should also be paid equally for doing the same tasks as men in a different role.
For example, if a maid is doing similar work as a male janitor, they would be paid the same. That is if the bill, which passed in both houses of the state’s legislature, had been signed into law by Christie.
But it is just too “business unfriendly.”
That’s right. Chris Christie believes paying women the same as men isn’t solid business sense.
He believes the bill doesn’t need to go any further than the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Unfortunately, the gender gap has only shrunk by 2 cents since it was enacted.
If Christie wants any advice, here’s a tip.
Let’s propose a bill that drops men’s wages down to the same rate as women’s? It will make New Jersey so incredibly business friendly AND you’ll accomplish equal pay among the genders.
Ah, the art of compromise.