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Twitter Claps Back At Christie For Criticizing Steakhouse In His Own Morris County Town

Chris Christie slammed Sammy's Steakhouse in a tweet. People aren't exactly jumping to his defense.
Chris Christie slammed Sammy's Steakhouse in a tweet. People aren't exactly jumping to his defense. Photo Credit: Chris Christie Twitter/Google Maps

Twitter users are slamming Chris Christie after he criticized a Mendham steakhouse, which recently settled a lawsuit citing mistreatment of employees.

The former governor urged people to think twice before dining at Sammy's Steakhouse in Mendham, where he lives with his family.

The restaurant -- also known as Sammy's Ye Old Cider Mill -- settled the suit for $190,000.

"Terrible example of mistreatment of workers by ownership," Christie wrote. "People should consider this when deciding where to spend your dollars for a dinner out."

The tweet garnered dozens of comments, mostly from people criticizing him.

Twitter users are criticizing Chris Christie for urging people to "think twice" about dining at Sammy's Steakhouse in Mendham.

The restaurant, established in 1933 as a speakeasy, apparently paid kitchen workers $2.50 an hour and didn't allow wait staff to keep all of the tips.

A lawsuit filed by a pair of servers last year claimed that the restaurant and some of its owners "violated the tip pooling and tip credit requirements under the FLSA and that they were therefore entitled to full minimum wages and liquidated damages," the suit says.

Sammy's owners denied that they were in violation of the tip pooling and tip credit requirements, or any other legal obligation.

"The restaurant is unique in that you place your order upon entering, and then proceed to the original Prohibition-era bar to relax with a cocktail and play bumper pool and arcade-style games while your dinner is prepared," Sammy's Facebook page says.

"When your meal is ready, you are called to an upstairs dining room where the first course awaits.

"It is the dedication to quality that has built Sammy’s reputation as a restaurant of distinction – for your family, friends and business."

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