NJ Senate moves minimum wage bill closer to voters

    An effort to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage has moved one step closer to voters.

    The Senate on Thursday approved a resolution to call for a constitutional amendment to raise the rate and tie further increases to the Consumer Price Index.

    Voters could decide the issue in November.


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    To be placed on the ballot, the resolution has to pass both houses. It goes next to the Assembly.

    If approved, it would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.25 next January and would increase based on the annual price index.

    Last month Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have raised the minimum wage by $1.25 per hour. He suggested a $1 per hour wage increase if Democrats agree to phase it in over three years.

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