By Bill Wichert (January 1, 2019, 12:03 PM EST) -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and state legislators are poised to reach long-awaited agreements in 2019 on plans to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour and legalize recreational marijuana, while businesses tackle proposed rules dealing with earned sick leave and fantasy sports games and energy regulators pursue offshore wind development.
As he prepares to enter his second year in office, the Democratic governor likely thought the minimum-wage hike and the marijuana legalization would be "2018 accomplishments rather than 2019 hopes," according to Seton Hall University political science professor Matthew Hale.
Those initiatives demonstrate that it's been more difficult to...
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