Democratic Research Aide: Nicole A. Brown
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Speaker Prieto, Disappointed with Christie’s Veto, Vows to Continue Fighting for a Livable Wage in NJAssembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, the lead sponsor of legislation (A-15) that would have increased New Jersey's minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next five years to help working families, expressed his disappointment Tuesday over Gov. Christie's veto of the measure, a move that will now force the Legislature to take the question to voters.
"Creating a livable minimum wage is a key component in the comprehensive strategy we've been working on since last year to combat poverty," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "That makes the Governor's veto all the more disappointing, though not unexpected. The age-old rhetoric he is relying on also ignores the evidence - a substantial minimum wage increase will help lift countless families out of poverty, decrease government dependency and boost commerce by pumping more dollars back into the economy.