Christie expected to get minimum wage bill Monday

    The New Jersey Legislature is expected to send Gov. Chris Christie a bill increasing the minimum wage after the Assembly takes a final technical vote on Monday.

    The bill increases the minimum wage by $1.25 per hour to $8.50, and allows automatic adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index.

    The Legislature is also advancing a resolution that would place the wage increase before voters next November.


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    Democrats want the question on the ballot if Christie vetoes the bill, which they expect.

    The Republican governor hasn’t said publicly what he’ll do. But Senate President Steve Sweeney says Christie told him privately he would not sign a bill containing automatic wage adjustments.

    Senate Republicans say businesses recovering from the hurricane can’t afford a wage increase now, which could also be Christie’s position.

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