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SWEENEY: MINIMUM WAGE WILL INCREASE, WE’RE JUST GIVING THE GOVERNOR THE CHANCE TO DO THE RIGHT THING
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.”
In the event that state Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) doesn't run for re-election in 2017, the party has a short list of possible candidates it could field to try to head off either Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-7) or Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7).Read More >
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"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile- The Bergen Record
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