The following statement was issued today by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, and Senators Whelan, Madden, Norcross, Beach, Greenstein, Turner, Smith, Buono, Vitale, Lesniak, Scutari, Codey, Rice, Ruiz, Cunningham, Sacco, Stack, Gill, Pou, Sarlo and Gordon:
“Tomorrow, at the will of the voters, New Jersey will boost the minimum wage to a more acceptable $8.25 an hour. In the face of strident opposition from those who’d rather condemn hard working people to a life of poverty, Democrats in the Legislature and the good people of New Jersey made this day happen. We are proud that we stood firm to support those forced to work two and three jobs simply to make ends meet.
“Raising the minimum wage will provide real, positive results for our state. Not only does it mean fathers and mothers being able to provide more for themselves and their children, but it also provides a boost to our local economies. We have no doubt that as the years go by, tomorrow will be looked at as an historic and great day in New Jersey’s history.”