New Jersey Legislature gives thumbs up to place minimum wage on ballot

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February 15, 2012

By Al Ortiz

New Jersey

TRENTON, New Jersey: Voters will now officially get the chance to have a say in the minimum wage debate this November.

On February 14, the New Jersey General Assembly gave final approval to place a proposed measure on the fall general election ballot.[1]

Previously, on February 7, the New Jersey State Senate voted to send the measure to the ballot, a measure that would raise the minimum wage in the state by $1.[2]

Before that, a proposal was introduced in the New Jersey Legislature to increase the minimum wage to $8.50 within a few weeks of the potential law's enactment. However, on January 28, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed the proposal, instead requesting that the minimum wage be increased to $8.50, but over the span of two years.

However, legislators in support of the measure did not agree with Christie's proposal, and instead turned their efforts to placing the measure on the ballot instead of trying to enact the law immediately through Christie.

The current minimum wage in the state is $7.25.