“I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am. I

“I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am. I don’t think there’s a mother or a father sitting around the kitchen table tonight in America saying, ‘You know, honey, if our son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, my God, all of our dreams would be realized.’

“Is that what parents aspire to for our children? They aspire to a greater, growing America where their children have the ability to make much more money and have much greater success than they have, and that’s not about a higher minimum wage.”

These were the compassionate words, according to The Hill

, of none other than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, speaking today to a crowd of very rich fat cats at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The so-called centrist Republican from deep-blue New Jersey – and a likely GOP contender for president in 2016 – Christie also took aim at the teachers unions, who he said wants to “convince you that what you need to do is just spend more money – not to lengthen the school day or the school year.

“The teachers union wants exactly what they’ve always had: an 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. day, summers off and not dealing with these children in a direct way.”

Christie, by the way, earns $175,000 a year, making him the fourth highest paid governor in the nation.