The New Jersey state legislature passed a minimum wage increase, only to have wildly unpopular Gov. Chris Christie veto it. Now, Democrats say they will try to put the issue on the ballot in 2017, when voters will also be electing Christie’s successor:
"We gave him a chance to do the right thing by putting this bill on his desk even though we knew the chances of him standing up for low-wage workers were slim," [state Senate President Stephen] Sweeney said.
"While I'm disappointed the governor has once again turned his back on the most vulnerable participants in our economy, Senate Democrats stand ready to continue our march for economic fairness," he said. "We will do the right thing and introduce a constitutional amendment to incrementally raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by the year 2021."
Christie went to a grocery store to veto the bill, taking selfies with some of the workers he was presumably denying a raise. His veto will push back the timetable for reaching $15 an hour, but give Democrats a valuable voter turnout issue for the 2017 elections.