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The real world of the working poor: Here's what politicians all ignore

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26.12.2018

On Christmas Eve, there’s a climatic whirl everywhere you go. It’s that last minute dash for those that we love. We know that come Christmas Day our good intentions either will become reality or will be sidelined as a promissory note.

So it is the millions of New Jersey residents whose prospects would have been made all the brighter headed into 2019 with a $15 minimum living wage.

No, not this year, perhaps next.

There’s just such a huge gulf between the professional political class -- in New Jersey and elsewhere -- and the families for whom such a pay hike would make all the difference.  In a system that relies on campaign cash from corporate interests, it should come as no surprise that anything that protects profits wins out over people of little influence with limited means.

That’s why when Democrats get around to delivering on their promise there will likely be cutouts and small print exceptions like for farm workers. (That’s just how New Jersey kept slavery alive and well a half-century after passing the supposed  1804 Abolition Act.)

Gov. Phil Murphy is off with his family on a  12-day African safari  while Democrats in Trenton, the state capital, are inwardly focused on playing "Dungeons and Dragons: Who Gets to Be  Their Party Leader ?" At least  Gov. Andrew Cuomo, next door in New York,  canceled his Christmas trip to Puerto Rico so he could stay home and keep the lights burning at the Statue of Liberty, which was going to be shut down by the Trump-tantrum federal government shutdown.

Before  Thanksgiving, I wrote in this space that if New Jersey Democrats wanted to build on the momentum off the 2018 midterms they needed to deliver a $15 minimum wage by Christmas for the hundreds of........

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