New Jersey Lawmakers Hope To Raise Minimum Wage

New Jersey top Democratic lawmakers, Senate President Steven Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto have announced plans to raise the minimum wage of New Jersey to $15 an hour in five years time. The two were able to reach an accord after presenting opposing proposals earlier this week with Prieto saying, “It’s time for somebody to watch out for the people (whose) voices are not heard and we need to take care of the most vulnerable in the state of New Jersey.” Their plan would raise the current minimum wage from $8.38 to $10.10 and an additional $1 every year. A spokesman for Governor Chris Christie explained in an email that the governor would be very unlikely to support such a proposal, however the lawmakers hope for a different outcome during the November 2017 gubernatorial election when Christie’s term comes to an end.

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