Overriding the March 2013 veto by Governor Chris Christie of a proposed bill increasing the state’s minimum wage, New Jersey’s Democratic legislative majority successfully pushed through a constitutional amendment through a voter referendum (not subject to gubernatorial veto) to increase the New Jersey minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $8.25/hour effective January 1, 2014. This request is similar to the increase effective for 2014 in New York. The New Jersey amendment also has the state joining a number of other states – eleven in all –tying the state minimum wage and annual increases thereof to inflation.