New Jersey Minimum Wage Increase Amendment, Public Question 2 (2013)
|Minimum Wage Increase Amendment|
|Constitution:||New Jersey Constitution|
|Referred by:||New Jersey State Legislature|
|Status:||On the ballot|
According to reports, 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, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed the proposal; instead requesting that the minimum wage be increased to $8.50 over the span of two years. 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.
Text of measure
The official ballot language reads as follows:.
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO SET A STATE MINIMUM WAGE WITH ANNUAL COST OF LIVING INCREASES
The interpretive statement of the measure reads:
Opponents say that the measure could have negative economic consequences for the state that lead to a loss of low-income jobs. Opponents also argue that minimum wage laws should be kept out of the state constitution where they are harder to change should the need arise.
- New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce
- National Federation of Independent Businesses
- See also: Polls, 2013 ballot measures
- A poll of registered voters conducted by Rutgers-Eagleton from April 3 to 7 reported that 76% were in favor of of the amendment, 20% opposed it, and 4% did not know. The study surveyed 923 randomly selected New Jersey adults and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2%.
|New Jersey Public Question 2 (2013)|
|Poll||Support||Opposition||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
April 3-7, 2013
September 3-9, 2013
|Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press|
September 6-10, 2013
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the New Jersey Constitution
In New Jersey, the state legislature must approve a proposed amendment by a supermajority vote of 60% but the same amendment can also qualify for the ballot if successive sessions of the New Jersey State Legislature approve it by a simple majority.
On February 7, 2013, the New Jersey State Senate voted to approve the measure, sending it to the General Assembly. On February 14, the New Jersey General Assembly gave final approval to place the measure on the 2013 fall general election ballot.
- Philly.com, "Christie conditionally vetoes minimum-wage hike", January 29, 2013
- SCR 1, 215th NJ Leg. (2012)
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- NJBiz.com, "Chicago the place for N.J.'s latest efforts to attract businesses," April 24, 2013
- Eagleton Institute of Politics, "Voters strongly support minimum wage increase, same-sex marriage," April 16, 2013
- Philly Burbs, "NJ Senate moves minimum wage bill closer to voters", February 8, 2013
- Philly.com, "N.J. voters to decide on raising wage", February 15, 2013