Senate again approves minimum wage constitutional amendment

TRENTON – Democratic Senate lawmakers followed through on their promise Thursday to allow voters to decide whether to increase the state’s minimum wage.

Lawmakers approved SCR1 following a 22-15 vote on the Senate floor.

The proposal would amend the constitution to set the minimum wage at $8.25 per hour with annual adjustments for inflation.

The vote allows the question to head to voters by way of a ballot question. It’s supported by Democrats in both chambers and comes after Gov. Chris Christie recently rejected a plan by Democrats that would have increased New Jersey’s minimum wage.

The resolution already passed both chambers once and now must be voted on by the General Assembly before it heads to the November ballot.

Senate again approves minimum wage constitutional amendment