Christie Says He’s Tired of Minimum Wage Talk

BORDENTOWN, N.J. (AP) -

Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday defended remarks he made earlier this week that he’s tired of hearing about the minimum wage.

Speaking during a campaign stop for a local congressional candidate, the Republican governor accused Democrats and President Barack Obama of focusing on the issue because the country’s economy hasn’t been growing fast enough.

He also called the president a “class warrior” and said his focus should be expanding opportunity and creating better-paying jobs for everybody.

“I gotta tell you the truth, I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am,” Christie said on Tuesday during a keynote address at the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s annual legal reform summit.

“I don’t think there’s a mother or a father sitting around a kitchen table tonight in America who are saying ‘You know, … if our son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, … all our dreams would be realized,’” he added. “Is that what parents aspire to for their children? They aspire to a greater, growing America where their children have the ability to make much more money and have much greater success than they’ve had. And that’s not about a higher minimum wage, everybody.”

The Democratic National Committee mocked Christie in an email that focused on his $175,000 annual salary.