Statements following signing of minimum wage legislation

Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation today that will raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024.  It's noteworthy that Murphy's press release included comment from Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin -- both sponsors of the bill -- as well as the state's two U.S. Senators, the Lt. Governor, and six of the eleven Democrats in the New Jersey House delegation. GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY

Trailblazer: Congressman Donald Payne, Sr.

Donald Payne, Sr. (1934-2012) was the first African American to represent New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives. He had run for Congress twice before winning the seat in 1988. In 1970, Payne became the first African American to serve as president of the National Council of YMCAs.  That year, he played a key role in helping Kenneth Gibson win his bid to become the first black mayor of

Pascrell, Sires, Payne likely to get subcommittee chairs

Three New Jersey Democrats are expected to assume key subcommittee chairmanships when the 116th Congress convenes in January. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson) is in line to be chairman of the House Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee. Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) will likely become the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark) is appears poised to chair the House