On February 14, the New Jersey Assembly passed legislation to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to raise the State's minimum wage.
The measure would increase the State's minimum wage rate by $1.00 to $8.25, beginning January 1, 2014. It would also tie future annual increases to the federal consumer price index (CPI). The measure also provides that, if the federal minimum wage rate is ever increased above New Jersey's rate, the State's rate would be automatically increased to that amount with future increases still tied to the CPI. The resolution previously passed the New Jersey Senate. Under the State constitution, Governor Christie does not need to sign this legislation. Gov. Christie had supported the $1.00 increase but only if it was phased in over three years. The measure's passage comes just days after President Obama proposed in his State of the Union address to increase the federal minimum wage rate to $9.00 and also tying increases to the CPI.