Sick leave advocates rally in Philly ahead of Christie talk

AP News
Posted: Mar 25, 2015 6:19 PM
Sick leave advocates rally in Philly ahead of Christie talk

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Protesters upset with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's opposition to mandatory paid sick leave gathered Wednesday in Philadelphia, where he was scheduled to raise money for his political action committee.

About 20 protesters, along with a Philadelphia councilman who sponsored legislation for paid sick leave in the city, demonstrated in front of the Union League, where Christie was expected to speak Wednesday night at a reception for his Leadership Matters for America PAC, which has been raising money to support a potential presidential bid.

Christie, a Republican, has said paid sick days hurt the economy, but protesters said he is on the wrong side of the issue. New Jersey Working Families Executive Director Analilia Mejia said Christie is 100 percent wrong and needs to rethink his stance on an issue that she says is "just basic common sense."

"He seems to forget that Republicans, Independents and Democrats get sick too," Mejia said. "If he purports that he is a leader, then he needs to lead on this issue."

Christie is bound for Texas for fundraisers Thursday and for Michigan for a Lincoln Day dinner speech Friday.