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

Sherrill named NDC freshman whip

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) has been named freshman whip of the House New Democrat Coalition (NDC), a group of moderate, pro-growth Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The group has 98 members, the second largest caucus in the House behind the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Three other New Jersey congressmen – Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill), and Donald Norcross (D-Camden) – are also members of the NDC. Norcross

Pinkin: Middlesex congressional district “seems like a good idea”

Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (D-East Brunswick) on Tuesday told the New Jersey Globe that Middlesex County getting its own congressional district could be a good idea. “Looking at the numbers, it seems like it's a good idea,” Pinkin said. “We haven't discussed it yet, but I think we have to work towards the census and make sure we know what our numbers are.” Middlesex County is currently split between the sixth

Trailblazer: Cory Booker

Cory Booker, 49, is the first African American to win statewide office in New Jersey.  He was elected to the United States Senate in 2013, winning a special election to replace the late Frank R. Lautenberg. Booker is expected to seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for president in his bid to become the second African American to hold the office. A Rhodes Scholar and former Urban Justice Center lawyer, Booker