Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver
The New Jersey State Senate Budget Committee on Monday voted to increase the state’s minimum wage by $1.25 per hour.
Increasing the minimum wage was identified as a Democratic legislative priority for the year, and the different approach being taken by the Senate leader could bubble over into a feud between the legislative leaders.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie outlined his accomplishments and his future agenda in his first state of the state address on Tuesday.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver said aggressive efforts are needed to bring down New Jersey’s unemployment rate. It’s currently 9.2 percent.