"I gotta tell you the truth: I'm tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am. "I don't think there's a mother or father sitting around a kitchen table in America tonight who are saying, 'You know, honey, if our son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, my God, all of our dreams would be realized.'"
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Christie vetoed a bill in 2013 that raised the state's minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, which was "too much, too soon," in his words. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. New Jersey voters later approved a ballot initiative raising the state's minimum wage to $8.25 an hour. That rate took effect in January.