A legal challenge to the legislative, statewide elected officials and commissioner pay raises continued on Friday as the executive director of fiscally conservative group challenging a compensation commission’s decision to hike their pay sought an injunction against the move.

“It’s only a couple hundred people on the payroll,” said Cameron Macdonald of the Government Justice Center in an interview after the court appearance. “It should be pretty easy to stop and start.”

The group is challenging the decision by the commission, which granted the first legislative salary increase in 20 years, boosting pay of lawmakers from $79,500 to $110,000 on Jan. 1. Legislative pay will eventually reach $130,000 in the coming years.

Macdonald’s group unsuccessfully sought the pay raises from taking effect at all before the start of the new year.

A preliminary injunction is not necessarily indicative of how the court will ultimately rule.

“It would be good to get things back to the status quo,” he said. “It would be good to get a positive indication on the arguments, but it’s not dispositive in any way.”

Macdonald has argued the compensation commission did not have the constitutional authority to approve the pay raises.

“The Legislature must do it,” he said. “The Legislature can’t delegate this task to a committee.”

The legal challenge also has lawmakers threading a needle on the issue as well: Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has been supportive of the pay increase, but has argued the committee did not have the authority to add stipulations to the pay hike, such as restricting stipends for leadership posts and capping outside income.