New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday released the details of a plan to increase the state's minimum wage by $1.
The proposal comes after Christie vetoed a bill to raise the minimum wage by $1.25.
The governor's office says the plan will work over a phase-in period of three years and is aimed to provide relief to struggling families. The plan also includes a 25 percent increase to the state's Earned Income Tax Credit.
"In these difficult times those most impacted by challenging economic conditions - our state's working families - need assistance," Christie said in a statement.
The governor's office says under the proposal, the state's minimum wage earners would receive an immediate raise of 25 cents per hour in the first year, followed by a 50 cent increase in the second year and then another 25 cent an increase in the third year.
Not the prettiest Friday, but we're ready for a great weekend. Expect scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. After an early high in the upper sixties, temperatures fall & winds pick up out of the chillier northwest. Right now the Memorial Day Weekend looks sunny and cool with highs in the low to mid 60s on Saturday, in the 70s Sunday & Monday. Cooler temps at the shore.