Barbara Buono, candidate for New Jersey governor, takes part in minimum wage event

Published: 5:02 PM EDT Aug 26, 2013
Barbara Buono

The Democrat seeking to unseat Gov. Chris Christie has joined others in calling for a higher minimum wage in New Jersey.

Barbara Buono and her running mate Milly Silva were among several lawmakers, community activists and workers who spoke Monday at a news conference in Trenton organized by Working Families United for New Jersey's "Raise the Wage" campaign.

New Jersey voters will be asked in November to consider a constitutional amendment that would boost the minimum wage by $1 to $8.25 and link it to automatic annual adjustments to the Consumer Price Index.

Christie vetoed legislation that would have increased the wage by $1.25 and provide automatic yearly increases.

Christie offered to raise the wage by $1 per hour over three years instead.