In this video press release, Assembly members L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex), Timothy J. Eustace, D.C. (D-Bergen) and Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver discuss their legislation to put the fate of a minimum wage increase in the hands of New Jersey voters this November.
The measure (SCR-1) was initially put forth as a proactive measure in case Gov. Christie decided to veto legislation (A-2162) to increase the state's minimum wage to $8.50/hr. The governor conditionally vetoed that bill last month.
The resolution puts the question of raising the minimum wage in New Jersey before the voters via a referendum that will be placed on the November 2013 ballot for consideration. It is one of several legislative measures being pushed by Assembly Democrats to spur job creation and jumpstart economic recovery in the state.