Yarrow Willman-Cole is an Organizer at NJ Citizen Action. – Rosi
I’m going to ask you to make a 30 second phone call to Governor Christie, Blue Jersey. Here’s why it’s important.
A higher minimum wage is desperately needed in New Jersey. Currently at $7.25 an hour, our state’s lowest paid full-time workers make only $15,080 a year, $4,000 below the poverty line for a family of three. This is unacceptable in a state with one of the highest costs of living, where rent alone takes up over half of minimum wage workers’ monthly earnings. A modest increase in the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour will not only help New Jersey’s working families but will also boost our economy, generating millions of dollars in additional economic activity and creating thousands of additional jobs. But unless the minimum wage is also adjusted annually based on cost of living increases (also called indexing), many households will continue struggle to make ends meet, their spending and purchasing power will be limited, and the states’ economy will suffer.
Legislation that addresses this issue is curently sitting on Governor Christie’s desk and he has until January 28 to take action on it. A2162(S3) will raise the state’s minimum wage to $8.50/hour and make annual adjustments based on increases in the cost-of-living. But Governor Christie has publicly stated that he opposes indexing, despite it being a key protection in preventing the continuing erosion of the value of minimum wage.