Senate President Steve Sweeney says he's ready for a showdown with the governor over raising the state's minimum wage.
The Senate is voting on a bill Thursday to raise the wage by $1.25 per hour, to $8.50, and tie automatic yearly adjustments to the Consumer Price Index.
Gov. Chris Christie says neither Sweeney nor Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver has negotiated with him over the minimum wage.
But Sweeney says Christie told him privately he would not sign a bill that contained automatic annual adjustments.
Sweeney refuses to drop the provision.
The bill is expected to pass the Senate.
Democrats are also pursuing a resolution placing the question before voters next year, in case Christie vetoes the bill.