Make us your home page
Instagram
PolitiFact Florida | Tampa Bay Times
Sorting out the truth in state politics

PolitiFact: DNC chair says Chris Christie cut equal pay for women

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., mischaracterized New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie’s statement about why he vetoed a measure pertaining to equal pay for women.

Getty Images (2012)

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., mischaracterized New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie’s statement about why he vetoed a measure pertaining to equal pay for women.

The statement

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "cut equal pay for women, calling it 'senseless bureaucracy.' "

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, in a press release

The ruling

This claim stems from four bills passed by the New Jersey Legislature in September 2012 that were designed to narrow the pay gap. Christie signed one, gave conditional vetoes to two and an absolute veto to the other.

The bill Christie vetoed, A-2649, called for government contractors to report employee gender and compensation information to the state Department of Labor.

In his veto message, Christie wrote that the proposal would "burden countless employers with onerous reporting requirements, thereby driving up the cost of public contracts, which are ultimately shouldered by the taxpayer … the reporting requirements fail to advocate sound policy over senseless bureaucracy."

So Christie used the words "senseless bureaucracy" to describe the proposal. But the bill did not "cut equal pay for women," as Wasserman Schultz claimed. It simply required additional reporting.

"The governor has never 'cut' equal pay, and he has a well-documented public position of supporting the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (a national law) and equal pay for equal work," said Kevin Roberts, a campaign spokesman for Christie.

Research from the American Association of University Women suggests that women in New Jersey make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. However, that figure doesn't control for factors like number of hours worked, occupation and race.

That puts New Jersey in the middle of the pack among states in terms of biggest wage differences.

"I think that for Jersey, like the rest of the country, this problem has been pernicious and persistent and it's clear that we can't just wish it away," said Lisa Maatz, American Association of University Women vice president of government relations. "We need some kind of legislative response."

Back to our claim. Wasserman Schultz said Christie "cut equal pay for women, calling it a 'senseless bureaucracy.' " Christie didn't cut anyone's pay, though. Instead, he said it was "senseless bureaucracy" to require government contractors to report more employee information, including information about gender and compensation, and he vetoed a measure that would have mandated such reporting.

We rate Wasserman Schultz's statement Mostly False.

Julie Kliegman, Times staff writer. Edited for print. Read the full version at PolitiFact.com.

PolitiFact: DNC chair says Chris Christie cut equal pay for women 10/18/13 [Last modified: Friday, October 18, 2013 4:54pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Goodbye Tampa Bay Express, hello Tampa Bay Next; but toll lanes aren't going anywhere

    Transportation

    TAMPA — Tampa Bay Express is dead.

    But it's replacement — Tampa Bay Next — will likely include many of the same projects, including express toll lanes on the rebuilt Howard Frankland Bridge.

    The Florida Department of Transportation on Monday announced that it was renaming its Tampa Bay Express plan, also known as TBX. The plan will now be known as Tampa Bay Next, or TBN. DOT officials say there are still re-evaluating the most controversial aspect of the old TBX plan: spend $6 billion to add 90 miles of toll roads to bay area highways - Interstates 4,75 and 275 - that are currently free of tolls. But TBN will keep the plan to add express toll lanes to the rebuilt Howard Frankland Bridge. [Florida Department of Transportation]
  2. Trigaux: Tampa Bay lands on Forbes 2017 ranking of best places for young professionals

    Working Life

    Consider this one more notch in the belt of Tampa Bay starting to win serious attention from millennials as place to live and build a career.

    Mike Griffin is a senior managing director in Tampa for Savills Studley Occupier Services, which provides integrated real estate services. He is also chairman for 2017 of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the first of the next generation of leadership emerging in this metro market. [Courtesy of Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce]
  3. Leaders of Tampa Bay's top workplaces share insights, suggestions

    Business

    TAMPA — Nearly 300 people gathered at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts Tuesday morning to hear tips and insights from leaders of the highest-ranked workplaces in Tampa Bay.

    Bays Florida associates (From left) Robert Patterson, Amanda Boser, and Kellly Banchak talk during the reception before the start of the Tampa Bay Times Top Workplaces Live! program at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
[OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  4. Study: Florida most friendly state for retired veterans

    Working Life

    Florida is the nation's best state for military retirees looking for somewhere to settle. That's according to a study released Monday by WalletHub which rated Florida the most friendly when it comes to economic factors, quality of life and health care.

    Veterans watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during training camp in 2016. Florida is the most friendly state for retired veterans according to a new WalletHub study. | LOREN ELLIOTT, Times
  5. Department store chain from Puerto Rico coming to University Mall

    Retail

    TAMPA — Grand's, a department store chain from Puerto Rico, will open inside the former Dillard's space at University Mall in September.

    Grand's, a department store chain from n Puerto Rico, will open inside the former Dillard's space at University Mall in Tampa in September. Coloring rendering of revamped University Mall.
[CBRE Group]