Updated January 21, 2020 at 10:00 a.m

WAYNE, NJ – With the increase of the minimum wage in New Jersey comes the beginning of price increases.  At this week’s Wayne Town Council meeting, resident Jim Freeswick came to the podium during the public portion of the meeting to discuss a few issues.  He asked about the town's intention to increase the fees for seniors for the James Roe Pool and Tom’s Lake swimming facilities.

Mayor Vergano's response placed the blame for the increase of these and other fees squarely and without doubt at the feet of the Governor: “The fees are going up again, directly because the state of New Jersey raised the minimum wage,” said Vergano. “And, previously to Governor Murphy pushing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, government entities were exempt from the increase. So, therefore we had gate guards getting paid $8 an hour when we can no longer do that. We must pay them $11 an hour now.”

The minimum wage base for New Jersey workers increased from $10 to $11-an-hour on January 1.  It will then increase by $1-an-hour every January 1 until it reaches $15 an hour on Jan. 1, 2024.