The state director for the New Jersey branch of the National Federation of Independent Business issued a statement today urging Governor Chris Christie to resist raising the state’s minimum wage.
Laurie Ehlbeck told CNBC.com that an increase in the minimum wage would discourage job creation at a time when small businesses are still gaining their footing after a weathering a tough economic climate.
“We understand how tough it is for people to live on a small income,” said Ehlbeck. “But a raise in the minimum wage could actually curb hiring. And it would prevent small businesses from being able to offer health care. Because they are required to pay more doesn’t mean there is more revenue there to pay people.”