After voting against the gas tax, Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) had the following statement:
“Constituents have been calling my office and reaching out to me online all week, and their message is clear. They can’t afford this massive gas tax increase. Their voices were heard, I voted ‘no.’ I’ll continue working to bring down our out-of-control road construction costs and ensure their tax dollars aren’t wasted.”
Calls for Passage of His Legislation to Study & Control Excessive Road Costs
Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) voted ‘NO’ on increasing the state gas tax by 23 cents per gallon, saying the state hasn’t done enough to control excessive costs related to road construction:
“My office has fielded thousands of calls from constituents who oppose this gas tax increase, and my vote ‘NO’ today was for them.
“Many callers have said that the state doesn’t use the gas taxes it already collects wisely, and it doesn’t deserve a penny more, let alone 23 cents per gallon more. I agree completely.
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon) stated the following after voting against increasing New Jersey’s gas tax.
“This gas tax hike will have serious consequences,” Senator Bateman said. “Small businesses will be forced out of state, the price of goods will go up and many local jobs will disappear. Undoubtedly, it will be the families in our communities who pay the price for a poor decision made miles away in Trenton.
After voting against the gas tax, Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) had the following statement:
“This gas tax increase is simply unaffordable for too many New Jersey residents. Countless callers to my office have told me how much this tax increase will hurt them.
“I’ve listened carefully to what they’ve said, and my vote against the gas tax is recognition of those serious concerns.
After voting ‘NO’ on the gas tax increase, Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) had the following statement:
“Today I voted against increasing the gas tax by 23 cents per gallon. Unfortunately a majority of the legislators voted in favor of the increase, and sadly it will be going into effect November 1st.
“While there were some tax cuts in the bill that I could have supported, they were totally overshadowed by the massive 23 cent per gallon tax increase on gasoline.
Leads Opposition to One of the Largest Tax Increases in NJ History
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) continued to lead the fight against a billion dollar has tax hike with a ‘NO’ vote during today’s Senate session.
“I’ve had tens of thousands of people reach out to me saying that another tax increase would push them over the edge financially,” said Beck. “This is one of the largest tax increases in New Jersey history, and our residents pay too much already.”
More than 25,000 people signed an online petition maintained by Beck and Senator Mike Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren) in opposition to the gas tax increase.
Assembly Committee Advances Weinberg/Beck Bill Inspired by Gabby Giffords to Expand Domestic Violence Protections
The Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee has approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), and inspired by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, to enhance protections for victims of domestic violence.
The proposal, S-2483, restricts access to firearms by certain persons subject to restraining orders or convicted of domestic violence offenses, and provides a clear and supervised process for the immediate surrender of firearms.
“This legislation closes loopholes by ensuring that when firearms must be surrendered due to conviction or restraining order, there are no gaps where the person still has access to their guns or the ability to cause additional harm,” said Beck. “If a person poses such a risk to another that a restraining order is necessary, their guns should be surrendered immediately.”
Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin (R-10) will vote against a $2 billion gas tax plan that will disproportionately impact Ocean County drivers.
“There are more than 80,000 EZ Pass users in our legislative district alone,” Senator Holzapfel (R-Ocean) said. “These drivers are already paying the highest tolls in the nation. They simply cannot afford to pay any more to use New Jersey’s roads and highways. We will not stand silently by and watch as the legislature approves a 23-cent gas tax hike that will impose severe financial hardships on the people we were elected to serve. Taxpayers in Ocean County and across this state deserve better.”
Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) announced that he will vote “no” on increasing New Jersey’s gas tax.
“I cannot in good conscience vote for a 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase,” said Bateman. “I’ve heard from too many of my constituents that this would be unaffordable. We all want safe roads and bridges, but the cost has to be reasonable, which this proposal is not.”
Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) will introduce a resolution urging Congress to expedite the process of implementing Positive Train Control on New Jersey Transit.
“Having this safety technology in place could give us the ability to prevent disasters and save lives,” Senator Cardinale said. “Last week’s crash in Hoboken showed us all just how destructive trains can be when safeguards aren’t present.”