Governor Christie put the interests of working families ahead of union interests Posted on September 12, 2016 Governor Christie put the interests of working families ahead of union interests when he recently vetoed a proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage. A $15 minimum wage would have severely reduced employment opportunities in New Jersey. Drs. David Macpherson of Trinity University and William Even of Miami University, following a methodology developed by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, estimated that the state would lose more than 33,000 jobs as a consequence of this policy. These lost jobs are tragic but not unexpected. A recent survey of labor economists from the University of New Hampshire found that about three-quarters (76 percent) believe a $15 minimum wage would have a negative effect on the number of jobs available. A $15-per-hour minimum wage in New Jersey was a bad idea, and the governor’s veto protected the jobs of less experienced employees, who need them most.