Christie's Tired of Hearing About the Minimum Wage. These People Are Tired of Living on It

Christie's Tired of Hearing About the Minimum Wage. These People Are Tired of Living on It
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Chris Christie says he's "tired of hearing about" minimum wage. 

On Tuesday, the Republican governor of New Jersey said, "I don't think there is a mother or father sitting around a kitchen table tonight in America who [is] saying, 'You know, honey, if my son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, all our dreams would be realized,'" the New York Times reports. 

The 3.3 million hourly workers living at or below the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour might disagree. Based on the plethora of protests and rallies over the past year alone, those actually earning the minimum wage don't seem to be tired of talking about it. Minimum wage earners do think there is a benefit to the discussion, and not just for the workers: It's good for everyone, the government and the economy included.

A recent analysis by the Economic Policy Institute found that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would save the U.S. government an estimated $7.6 billion every year by moving an estimated 1.7 million workers off public-assistance programs. An increased minimum wage would also boost the GDP by an estimated $22 billion, which could create as many as 85,000 jobs. Moreover, an estimated 27 million Americans would be affected by an increase in the minimum wage. 

So, Gov. Christie, you might be tired of talking about the minimum wage, but these folks are tired of barely scraping by on it. Here are some of those who have been rallying to raise the minimum wage this year, in hopes of sparking the conversations that politicians like Christie are so tired of:

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Protesters demanding higher wages and unionization for fast food workers march near Times Square on September 4, 2014 in New York City. Protests are planned in more than 100 cities throughout the U.S. today, as workers demand higher wages.
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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: Women hold banners during a protest for higher wages for fast food workers on March 18, 2014 in New York City. The protest, arranged by the group 'Fast Food Forward' accused fast food corporations of corporate greed and withholding wages.
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Protesters demanding higher wages and unionization for fast food workers march near Times Square on September 4, 2014 in New York City. Protests are planned in more than 100 cities throughout the U.S. today, as workers demand higher wages.
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 4: A female member of the clergy carries a sign during a minimum wage protest on September 4, 2014 in the Manhattan borough of New York. Protesters demanded higher wages for fast food restaurant workers.
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Protesters demanding higher wages for fast food workers chant during a massive rally outside a Domino's Pizza store on May 15, 2014 in New York City. Fast Food workers in 150 U.S. cities and 80 cities internationally protested for higher wages for the workers with businesses countering that raising wages have said raising wages would force them to raise prices and cut hiring.
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In this Sept. 14, 2014 file photo, protesters participate in a rally outside a McDonald's on Chicago's south side as labor organizers escalate their campaign raise the minimum wage for employees to $15 an hour. As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they are also looking to motivate younger people, minorities and others in their base to go to the polls on Nov. 4th. The party has put questions on the ballot in five states asking voters whether the minimum wage should be increased.
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In this Sept. 14, 2014 file photo, protesters participate in a rally outside a Burger King on Chicago's south side as labor organizers escalate their campaign raise the minimum wage for employees to $15 an hour. As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they are also looking to motivate younger people, minorities and others in their base to go to the polls on Nov. 4th. The party has put questions on the ballot in five states asking voters whether the minimum wage should be increased.
Source: M. Spencer Green/AP Photo
Fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) protest outside of a Burger King Worldwide Inc. restaurant in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Fast-food workers in 50 U.S. cities plan to walk off the job today, ratcheting up pressure on the industry to raise wages and demanding the right to wages of $15 an hour, more than double the federal minimum of $7.25.
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Robert Wideman, a maintenance mechanic at McDonalds Corp., shines the shoes of a Ronald McDonald statue outside of a restaurant while protesting with fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Fast-food workers in 50 U.S. cities plan to walk off the job today, ratcheting up pressure on the industry to raise wages and demanding the right to wages of $15 an hour, more than double the federal minimum of $7.25.
Source: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) protest outside of a Burger King Worldwide Inc. restaurant in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Fast-food workers in 50 U.S. cities plan to walk off the job today, ratcheting up pressure on the industry to raise wages and demanding the right to wages of $15 an hour, more than double the federal minimum of $7.25.
Source: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Protesters rally for better wages inside a Wendy's restaurant in Detroit Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Demonstrations planned in 100 cities are part of a push by labor unions, worker advocacy groups and Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage of $7.25.
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Maybe the minimum wage isn't a topic of conversation at Christie's dinner table, but it's certainly being discussed across the country. He'd be advised to listen up.