Much of the attention in the NJ election 2013 is on Chris Christie and the governor's race but there's a ballot initiative with some serious weight. One of the questions in front of voters is whether to amend the state constitution to raise the minimum wage to $8.25 from $7.25. (The federal minimum wage is $7.25.)
If approved, the change would affect some 49,000 New Jerseyans and the ballot question was the subject of intense lobbying. Millions were spent, by union and business leaders, to try and pass or reject the measure, respectively. The early results (8% of precincts reporting) show the ballot initiative is enjoying steady support.