As most expected, Governor Chris Christie did not sign a bill which would have increased the state's minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.50 and would've tied future increases to the rate of inflation every year. Instead, Christie conditionally vetoed the bill and offered what he calls a responsible compromise.
New Jersey voters may have the final say on whether the state's minimum hourly wage should be raised from $7.25 an hour to $8.25, now that the General Assembly has approved a measure sponsored by Speaker Sheila Oliver and Assembly members Tim Eustace and Grace Spencer to put the question directly before registered voters at the next general election.
Legislation to increase New Jersey's hourly minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.50 and require the rate to then be adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index received final legislative approval on today by a vote of 44-31-1.
After roughly two hours of debate, the full State Senate today passed a bill to hike the state's minimum wage now and tie automatic yearly adjustments to the Consumer Price Index. The bill would raise theminimum wage by $1.25 to $8.50 per hour, but it could be headed for a veto by Governor Chris Christie.
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