TRENTON, N.J. – Governor Chris Christie has shot down an attempt to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in the next year, and $15 an hour over the next five years. In announcing his veto, Christie said it would burden small businesses, and the Republican governor went on to describe the proposal as the "heavy hand of government." Democrats, who control the statehouse, have put the legislation at the center of their agenda. And the legislature sent Christie the measure back this past June. Democratic leaders have said they'll pursue a constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage without the need for Christie's approval. Voters last approved raising the wage to $8.25 an hour back in 2013.