A proposal to put a minimum wage increase before New Jersey voters gets its first hearing by a Senate panel on Monday.
The resolution would ask voters next year to raise the wage by $1, to $8.25 per hour, and to tie future yearly increases to national economic data, called indexing.
Senate President Steve Sweeney of Gloucester County says he decided to try to amend the constitution after Gov. Chris Christie indicated he would not sign a bill that included automatic indexed adjustments.
Christie calls the idea of changing the constitution over the minimum wage "truly ridiculous."
The Assembly passed a bill in May raising the wage to $8.50 and creating annual adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index. But that bill stalled in the senate after Christie said he wouldn't support a bill tied to automatic increases.
Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver wants that bill sent to Christie. She says she'd be willing to take out the indexing clause and just got for the immediate increase.