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Christie still pushing for gas tax hike: Let out-of-state drivers share burden

Friday, August 26, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Aidan Sander
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Gov. Chris Christie continues to push for a gas tax hike, saying Tuesday that out-of-state drivers would help defray the cost of funding New Jersey’s road projects. Almost two months after a deal was supposed to be hammered out to replenish the state’s dried-up Transportation Trust Fund, lawmakers are still haggling over a deal that hinges on raising the gas tax — currently one of the lowest in the nation. “I signed an executive order … that now allows me to take money out of the general fund to pay for emergency road projects, but I don’t want to be doing this stuff,” Christie during a town hall meeting in Bordentown on Tuesday.

Christie has agreed to support an increase in the gas tax if it’s coupled with a decrease in some other tax. At the end of June he backed a measure passed by the state Assembly that would have increased the gas tax 23 cents a gallon, while decreasing the state sales tax from 7 to 6 percent, but the state Senate never voted on the proposal because some Democratic leaders complained it would cost the state too much money in lost revenue. Christie said New Jersey has the second-lowest gas tax in America because it hasn’t been raised in 27 years.

“Yet we’ve continued to spend anywhere, in state money alone, between $1.2 billion and $1.6 billion a year in infrastructure improvements, and that gets matched dollar for dollar by the federal government, so it’s anywhere from $2.4 billion to $3.2 billion a year we’re spending on highways, roads, bridges and our mass transit system."

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