Sununu Doesn’t See Being Governor as a “Real Job” and It Shows
MANCHESTER, NH — At this morning’s New England Council’s “Breakfast with New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu” event, Sununu said, “So I'm not saying I'm not running again, but, you know. I've got to get a real job. It is not a career, right?”
Although Sununu believes being governor isn’t a real job, he certainly believes he should be paid more for it. He went ahead and gave himself a hefty raise of over $20,000 his first year in office — with another $31,000 raise in 2020.
In response, NHDP spokesperson Monica Venzke released the following statement:
“Chris Sununu doesn’t see being the governor of New Hampshire as a ‘real job,’ and it certainly shows. Since the beginning of 2023, he’s taken over ten out-of-state trips in an attempt to boost his national profile.”
“He has never viewed being the governor as anything but a stepping stone. At every opportunity, Chris Sununu has left Granite Staters in the dust to build his celebrity status.”
Sununu broke with the past precedent of not taking the full salary as governor, giving himself a raise. According to the Concord Monitor, “Twenty-thousand dollars is a big pay raise. That’s how much Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is making over his predecessor, after he broke with the past practice of accepting reduced pay [...] Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan took home a $110,400 paycheck each of her four years in office. She refused pay raises negotiated by the state employee union. Not Sununu. The day after he was inaugurated, a two percent salary hike kicked in for state workers and it bumped his pay up about $2,600.” [Concord Monitor, 1/14/17]
Sununu accepted a $31,000 raise for himself while blocking a pay raise for Granite Staters. According to InDepthNH, “Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 while accepting a $31,000 routine pay increase as the state’s chief executive.” [InDepthNH, 10/5/20]