Gov. Christie says he'll 'referee' minimum wage debate

LONG BRANCH - Gov. Chris Christie says he might get involved to some degree in the debate over minimum wage.

The governor touched on the issue while attending a ground breaking ceremony for a new school in Long Branch.

The governor said he wouldn't worry too much about Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and Senate President Steve Sweeney and their differing plans. He said that if the two cannot agree, he would "sit back and play referee for a while."

The governor did, however, call Sweeney's plan to raise the wage by changing the state's constitution "ridiculous."

Oliver wants to raise minimum wage to $8.50 and provide for automatic yearly adjustments.

Christie is back on the road tomorrow. He'll be appearing alongside New Hampshire's Republican candidate for governor.

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