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March 1, 2016

Democratic legislative leaders recently merged two proposals seeking to hike New Jersey's minimum wage up to $15. Their compromise resulted in a new bill that proposes to gradually phase in an increase from the state's current $8.38 minimum wage over the next several years.

The results of the first public opinion poll gauging how New Jersey voters feel about an eventual increase to a $15 state minimum wage were released yesterday by the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, with 73 percent saying they approved of the new proposal backed by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Assembly Speaker Vince Prieto (D-Hudson). Another 25 percent said they opposed the $15 minimum wage proposal, and 2 percent said they were unsure.

Gov. Chris Christie has said he opposes a $15 minimum wage, and Sweeney and Prieto said they could eventually put the issue before voters as a constitutional amendment.

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