By Brent Johnson
It may only be a few more months before New Jersey begins phasing in a more than $6-an-hour increase to its minimum wage.
That was the message Thursday as Gov. Phil Murphy and a top state lawmaker insisted one of their top priorities for this fall will be instituting a long-delayed law gradually raising the Garden State’s minimum wage from $8.60 to $15 an hour.
It’s still unclear what the final plan will look like, though.
“We’re ready to take this on,” Murphy said during a news conference at Elijah’s Promise soup kitchen in New Brunswick, where he and state Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin renewed their longstanding pledge to hike wages. “A stronger economy is underpinned by good jobs and better wages.”