N.J. farm workers may not be eligible for $15 minimum wage29 Jan 2018, Posted by News, State News in
Gov. Phil Murphy said it on the campaign trail and again after his inauguration: He wants to gradually hike New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15.
His odds of success are high with a Democrat-led legislature supportive of the proposal.
But not every worker should celebrate.
State Sen. President Steve Sweeney, D-Gloucester, said the potential increase may exempt farm workers, noting that the modern agricultural industry can be a tough business for owners.
“I’m not putting the farming community out of business,” he told Politico last week. (Sweeney’s district is in South Jersey, where the state’s farming industry is concentrated.)