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Obama calls out New Jersey Governor Christie in fight for minimum wage hike

New Jersey Governor Christie speaks to residents during the 110th Town Hall Meeting in Middletown TownshipBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday singled out New Jersey’s embattled Republican Governor Chris Christie for criticism for balking at a push to raise the minimum wage, a move favored by most Americans. During a meeting with top advisors and a group of 14 Democratic governors at the White House, Obama said Republican governors were out of touch with their constituents on the issue. “For example, in New Jersey, even though the Republican governor opposed it, it passed by 60 percent,” he said, referring to Christie’s veto on a state wage hike that later became a ballot initiative approved by voters. Obama wants to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from the current $7.25.

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