NHDP - Christie is Right: Minimum Wage is a Losing Issue for Republicans

Majority of Granite Staters Support the Minimum Wage

CONCORD, N.H. - During his trip to New Hampshire, Chris Christie described those who support a minimum wage increase as speaking to “the lowest common denominator” while explaining the issue was a losing one for Republicans.

“What voters dislike more than Governor Christie’s out-of-touch comments are his failing economic policies and his refusal to consider a minimum wage increase,” said Lizzy Price, Communications Director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. “Christie is right that the minimum wage is a losing issue for Republicans, especially in New Hampshire where voters overwhelmingly support an increase in the minimum wage. But too many Republicans - like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Rick Perry, and Ted Cruz -  don't.”



In New Hampshire, Christie said the minimum wage is “a losing argument” for the Republican Party. “He also fielded a question on the minimum wage, calling the issue ‘a losing argument’ for the Republican Party. ‘We as Republicans should not be sucked into this argument,’ Christie said, arguing that while Democrats ‘speak to the lowest common denominator,’ while Republicans should ‘need to speak to people's higher aspirations.’” [Star-Ledger, 6/8/2015]

Granite Staters Overwhelmingly Support Raising the Minimum Wage. 76% of Granite Staters support raising New Hampshire’s minimum wage – including majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents. [WMUR Granite State Poll]

Data Shows 2014 Job Creation Grew Faster in States that Raised the Minimum Wage. The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) found that job creation in 2014 was faster in the 13 states that had increased their minimum wage on January 1, 2014 compared with those that had not. Another study from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment found “strong earnings effects and no employment effects of minimum wage increases.” [Center for Economic and Policy Research; Institute for Research on Labor and Employment]