RAHWAY – A candidate for the state Legislature criticized a state panel’s recommendation to keep New Jersey’s minimum wage at $7.25 per hour.
Democrat Lisa McCormick, publisher of NJTODAY.NET, said “I would like to see Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths, Philip Kirschner, head of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, or JoAnn Trezza, vice president of Arrow Group Industries, trying to live on $15,000. These commissioners have the audacity to suggest that people who earn about a tenth of their income, and possibly less, do not deserve a raise.”
The federal Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 gradually raised the minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour, and about 17 states set the lowest pay level greater than New Jersey, with the highest being $8.67 in Washington, McCormick noted.
The overall cost of living in New Jersey is higher than the national average by as much as 36 percent, she said, while housing costs are up to 78.4 percent higher than the national average.
“There is a class war being waged in this country but only one side is armed and engaged in battle, and I am running for State Legislature because it is about time that someone started fighting for the shrinking middle-class,” McCormick said.
McCormick ran for the Union County clerk’s office last year on the Democrats for Change slate.
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