The remarks were part of a speech Christie gave at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform’s annual legal reform summit. The comments were recorded and posted online by the left-leaning American Bridge 21st Century PAC.
“I don’t think there’s a mother or a father sitting around a kitchen table tonight in America who are saying, ‘You know, honey, if our son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, my God, all our dreams would be realized,'” Christie added. “Is that what parents aspire to for their children?”
The Democratic National Committee was quick to respond online, in the tweet embedded below, pointing out that Christie’s annual state salary is $175,000.
That got us wondering: How does Christie’s paycheck rank among the salaries of the nation’s governors? Well, it turns out New Jersey is tied with Virginia for fifth-highest in how much it pays its top executive, according to new data included in the nonpartisan Council of State Governments’ 2014 Book of the States and shared with The Washington Post.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) gets paid the most, though a portion of his $187,818 annual salary is being repaid as part of a statewide management pay freeze. That salary is more than 2.5 times the amount that Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) gets paid. At $70,000, his salary is the lowest of any state governor.
Note: Governors in the following states have taken partial or complete pay cuts.
Alabama: Gov. Robert Bentley (R) is not accepting his salary, $119,950 a year, until the unemployment rate in Alabama drops.
Florida: Gov. Rick Scott (R) only collects 12 cents of his salary per year.
Kentucky: Reflects a voluntary 10 percent salary cut taken by Gov. Steve Beshear (D).
Michigan: Gov. Rick Snyder (R) returns all but $1 of his annual salary to the state.
New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has reduced his salary by five percent.
Pennsylvania: 1.7 percent of Corbett’s salary is being repaid as part of the management pay freeze.
Tennessee: Gov. Bill Haslam (R) returns his salary to the state.
Vermont: Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) has taken a voluntary three percent reduction in the annual salary set in statue.