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      Gov. Chris Christie’s conditional veto Monday of the Assembly’s minimum wage bill garnered predictable responses: Business groups and Republican legislators praised the measure as a reasonable compromise. Labor groups and Democratic legislators called it “unacceptable.”


      Gov. Chris Christie’s conditional veto Monday of the Assembly’s minimum wage bill garnered predictable responses: Business groups and Republican legislators praised the measure as a reasonable compromise. Labor groups and Democratic legislators called it “unacceptable.”

      On the state’s editorial pages, the governor is getting mixed reviews.

      The Star-Ledger calls on Democrats to move forward with Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney’s (D-West Deptford) proposal to put a minimum wage hike on November’s ballot and change the state’s constitution to provide automatic minimum wage increases based on the Consumer Price Index:

      “Enshrining this in the state constitution is not the ideal way to make economic policy. But as long as Christie remains governor, it is the only way to get it done. His hostility to low-wage families has gone unchallenged long enough.”

      The Home News Tribune applauds the governor’s move, arguing it struck the right balance on a complicated issue. The paper says Christie’s wage increase proposal is good for workers and perhaps the broader economy:

      “But if it also forces companies already treading water to cut jobs and/or worker hours to compensate, the net result can do more harm than good. That may sound like standard corporate whining, but it can and does happen, especially in smaller businesses.”

      The Courier-Post splits the baby. They call on Democrats to approve the governor’s proposed $1 increase for now, while also moving to put the CPI question before voters.

      “Since Christie won’t support a CPI tie-in, get it on the ballot this November; let New Jerseyans vote on it. That’s how the CPI/minimum wage mechanism was approved in some of the states that have it.”
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