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NJ voters approve increasing minimum wage

11-5-13

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey voters have approved a raising the state’s minimum wage Jan. 1 and then every year.

The Democrat-led state Legislature put the constitutional amendment on the ballot after failing to strike a deal with Republican Gov. Chris Christie on the changes.

The wage is to go up by $1, to $8.25 hourly on Jan. 1. It also calls for automatic increases every Sept. 1 based on cost-of-living changes.