Senator Kevin O’Toole, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, responded today the announcement by Governor’s Christie and Cuomo that the tolls on the Staten Island-New Jersey crossings would be cut beginning February 1, 2012:
“New Jersey’s middle-class families need every break that they can get during these difficult economic times,” O’Toole began. “These toll cuts will make it less expensive to commute to work or just to visit family or friends across the river.”
The initial reports indicate that the toll cuts on the Staten Island-New Jersey crossings will save regular users approximately 50 percent of the tolls currently collected by the Port Authority. EZ Pass users should register for the discount at their EZ pass service center. The New Jersey EZ Pass website is located at http://www.ezpassnj.com.
When the toll hikes were announced by the Port Authority of NY/NJ, I heard from many of my constituents that live in Bergen, Essex, and Passaic counties and commute daily into New York City for work about the financial impact these increases were going to have, “ O’Toole continued. “For Governor Christie to have reached this agreement of fare reductions shows the commitment of this Administration to not only increasing the quality of life of every resident in New Jersey, but also to making our state more affordable, ” O’Toole concluded.