Sweeney: Minimum Wage Will Increase, We’re Just Giving The Governor The Chance To Do The Right Thing

Senator President Stephen M. Sweeney, D-Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem, and Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver, D-Essex and Passaic, await Governor Chris Christie’s address to a Joint Legislative Session on property tax reform.

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem) released the following statement after today’s Assembly vote to send legislation to the governor’s desk to increase the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 and provide annual increases in line with the rate of inflation:

“Democrats are united in sending a strong message that people who live and work in New Jersey have a basic right to a wage that doesn’t condemn them to a life of poverty. We are going to make a minimum wage increase reality. We are just giving the governor a chance to do the right thing for working people.

“If the governor fails to sign this bill, then we will put the decision directly into the hands of the people.”

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