New Jersey's new minimum wage now in effect

Mike DeNardo
July 01, 2019 - 6:00 pm
Thousands of New Jersey workers are getting a raise Monday as a hike in the minimum wage takes effect.

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Thousands of New Jersey workers are getting a raise Monday as a hike in the minimum wage takes effect.  

The minimum wage jumps to $10 an hour from $8.85. It’s the beginning of a five-year phase-in that will see the minimum wage at $15 by 2024. 

It means an immediate raise for Ja’Quaya Townsend, who works at a Saladworks in Sewell.

“It’s difficult, living off of this wage. Because you can’t really do much but pay your bills and wait for the next check," she said.  

Melissa Jost, the operations director at a Cherry Hill Chick-fil-A, said most of her workers are making a little above the minimum. But she says as the minimum wage goes up, there will be an impact.

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“Everybody’s going to feel it a little bit because our prices will go up. So I mean, everybody’s going to feel it — the customers and the employees," Jost said. 

Right now, about 100,00 New Jerseyans are making minimum wage, with 10,000 of them in Camden County.

Speaking at a Cherry Hill news conference, Congressman Donald Norcross said he supported a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.