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Connors, Rumpf & Gove 9th District
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February 25, 2016
Connors, Rumpf & Gove Are ‘NO’ Votes on Gas Tax Increase

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove want their position to be known to legislative colleagues and special interests bent on increasing New Jersey’s gas tax to replenish the state’s Transportation Trust Fund.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove have vowed to vote ‘NO’ on efforts to increase New Jersey’s gas tax to replenish the state’s Transportation Trust Fund. (

The 9th District delegation issued the following joint statement as deliberations on a gas tax increase intensify and residents brace for yet another financial burden imposed by government:

“Middle-class commuters and seniors stand to be hit hardest by a gas tax increase, not to mention the harsh financial impact for businesses. Seniors won’t be receiving a cost-of-living increase in Social Security, making a gas tax increase all the more unaffordable to them.

“After years of struggling through a rough economy, people were finally seeing some financial relief due to low gas prices. Businesses are benefiting from customers with greater disposable income. But that will change if residents are paying more at the pump instead of going to their favorite local restaurant or store.

“Residents of suburban and rural areas, who don’t have access to mass transit, are being unfairly targeted by the powers that be because Trenton didn’t properly budget for transportation needs. This is right out of the Corzine playbook, only instead of hitting drivers at the toll booth, drivers will be hit right at the gas pump.

“Urban areas on the other hand won’t be hit as hard because residents have access to mass transit. In fact, they’ll actually make out in the deal because gas tax dollars are used for mass transit. Once again, Trenton policy blatantly favors the cities to the detriment of suburban and rural taxpayers.

“Don’t buy into the shallow argument that the gas tax should be raised now because gas prices are low. Do you think the state would lower the gas tax when prices go up?”

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