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NJ Democrats Rebuff GOP Attempt to Weaken Minimum Wage Bill

Senate Democrats have quashed an amendment to a minimum-wage bill that would have delayed the increase and cancelled automatic yearly adjustments.

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Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, and Governor Chris Christie
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NJ Democrats Strike Deal On Minimum Wage Increase Strategy [AUDIO]

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and State Senate President Steve Sweeney have reached an agreement on a two-pronged strategy to increase New Jersey's minimum wage and have it adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

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NJ Senate Boss Lays Out Vision For The Future [AUDIO]

Last week, Chris Christie laid out his plan for the rest of the year. Now, the man who may run against him for Governor next year has done the same thing.

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NJ Voters Could Be Asked To Hike The Minimum Wage [AUDIO]

State Senate President Steve Sweeney says he's been told by Governor Chris Christie that he will not support an increase in the state's minimum wage if annual adjustments are tied to the rate of inflation.

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House Speaker Sheila Oliver & Senate President Steve Sweeney look on as Governor Christie addresses the Legislature
House Speaker Sheila Oliver & Senate President Steve Sweeney look on as Governor Christie addresses the Legislature (Tim Larsen,Governor's Office)
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Minimum Wage Hike Battle Continues [POLL/AUDIO]

The battle over the minimum wage hike continues.

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Governor Chris Christie
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Governor Christie Opposed To Putting Minimum Wage Hike Bill To Voters [VIDEO/AUDIO]

Yesterday, we told you about Senate President Steve Sweeney's plan to put a minimum wage hike to the voters. Governor Chris Christie is responding, and calls that idea, "truly ridiculous."

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Steve Sweeney and Chris Christie
Steve Sweeney and Chris Christie (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Steve Sweeney Wants Voters To Decide Minimum Wage Hike [POLL/AUDIO]

Not quite sure if he can count on Governor Chris Christie's support for an increase in the state's minimum wage, State Senate President Steve Sweeney is ready to attempt an end-around that would take Christie completely out of the mix.

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NJ Assembly Speaker Says Minimum Wage Hike Is Not A Job Killer [AUDIO]

New Jersey Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver has had her team tracking U.S. Labor Department numbers to see how increasing the minimum wage has worked out for other states this year.

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Flickr User Rob Crawley
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US Senate Bill Would Hike Minimum Wage to $9.80 An Hour [AUDIO]

A bill to increase New Jersey's minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour passed the full Assembly in May, but stalled in the State Senate because Governor Chris Christie vowed to veto it.

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Senate President Sweeney Hopes to Raise Minimum Wage in NJ – Do You Agree [POLL]

I would not expect to get by on 7.25 an hour.

I would hope to get by on perhaps 3 or 4 jobs paying 7.25 an hour, but were I to do that, I’d be 6 feet under by the time I reached my next birthday

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