New Jersey voters approve increasing minimum wage

Published: Nov 05 2013 10:05:43 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 06 2013 07:30:23 AM EST

New Jersey voters have approved raising the state's minimum wage Jan. 1 and then every year.

The Democrat-led state Legislature put the constitutional amendment on the ballot after failing to strike a deal with Republican Gov. Chris Christie on the changes.

The wage is to go up by $1, to $8.25 hourly on Jan. 1. It also calls for automatic increases every Sept. 1 based on cost-of-living changes.