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Minimum wage key issue on November ballot

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"We are really contemplating leaving New Jersey and this is a sin - I've been here 25 years."

Carol Senecal is just one of the thousands of employees in the state of New Jersey who is making minimum wage, and she says because the state's minimum is so small, she may have to move to another state to find work.

Senecal said, "In today's day and age with everything else going up and the wages don't go up, people just can't survive."

Because state politicians sympathize with minimum wage employees, New Jersey voters will have a new ballot question this year, in which they can vote to increase the state's minimum wage.

Erica Kovack is a waitress who makes minimum wage and said, "I think everybody would say ‘Yes’ to that question."

Business owners and employees in South Jersey have different opinions on the topic, but both sides seem to think that residents will vote to increase the minimum wage come November.

Lynda Costales, a cashier and waitress at The Famous Bagel Gourmet, told NBC40, “I mean, I may not make minimum wage, but I don't make much over the minimum wage, and it's hard for us to survive. So I can't imagine the other people surviving."

Owners at The Famous Bagel Gourmet say they wish they could pay their employees even more than they make now - and that if the state's minimum wage will be raised after the election, they think that it should be done gradually over the next couple of years and not just a dollar at a time.

Instead of the amendment, Governor Chris Christie has proposed a gradual increase of the minimum wage over three years in an effort to avoid an immediate loss of jobs that some believe this could cause.

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