Yesterday (Thursday), California’s State Senate approved legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage from $8 per hour to $10 per hour.  That legislation heads to the Assembly, which is expected to pass the bill as well.  From the Assembly, it will go to Governor Jerry Brown, who has promised that he’ll enact a $10 minimum wage into law.

Here in New Jersey, the General Assembly and State Senate passed legislation to bring our minimum wage up from $7.25 to $8.50, tying future increases to the cost of living.  

The bad news: Governor Christie vetoed it.  
The good news: New Jersey’s Legislature made the choice to put it in our hands now by putting the question on the ballot. 

On November 5, when we head to polls to elect a Governor, our state Senator, and our two members of the General Assembly, we will also vote on Ballot Question 2.  A YES vote on Ballot Question 2 will raise the wage from $7.25 to $8.25 and tie future increases to the cost of living.  Raising the minimum wage will make a huge impact in the lives of New Jersey’s lowest paid workers. 

We’re committed to voting yes to raise the minimum wage- are you?

Will you join us to canvass or make phone calls between now and Election Day to make sure other voters know that we can vote to raise the wage? 

Starting tomorrow morning, we’ll be meeting every Saturday (no later than 8:30 am) at 88-94 Boylan Street in Newark and at 26 High Street in Mount Holly for volunteer canvasses.  Get in touch with Ramon Becerra, NJ Workers’ Voices Field Director, to join us.  He can be reached at [email protected] or at 312-330-2040.

Alicia D’Alessandro

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...