Senate to Vote on Raising New Jersey's Minimum Wage
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie could face a decision on legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage to about $15 an hour over the next five years. The Democrat-led Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on the measure that would raise the current $8.38 wage to $10.10 on Jan. 1. It also would raise the wage by $1.25 a year or $1 plus an adjustment for inflation, whichever is greater, the following four years. Labor unions, progressive advocacy groups and Democratic lawmakers have swarmed the statehouse to push for the measure Business groups object to the legislation arguing it inflates the cost of goods and labor. New Jersey raised the wage in 2013, going from $7.25 an hour to $8.25 an hour and indexing the wage to inflation.