Raising New Jersey’s minimum wage by $1 would either be a job killer that especially hurts teenage workers and small businesses or a modest and overdue acknowledging of the struggles of people on the lowest rung of the economic ladder.
Gordon MacInnes, president of New Jersey Public Policy Perspective, a progressive non-profit group that supports the measure, described the question as a matter of economic necessity.
“This is a pretty simple matter,” MacInnes said. “If you’ve lived in New Jersey for very long, you know that you can’t survive on $7.25 per hour.”
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