Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Paul Kanitra blasted Governor Murphy after saying that he would sign the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s $2.6 billion budget that calls for a 3% toll tax increase.
"It appears that Democrats will ask Governor Murphy to stop toll hikes only when it is politically convenient. Combine this toll increase with rising gas prices and inflation, and commuting to work becomes a serious financial burden for many families,” said Sen. Holzapfel. "If Republicans had been in charge, none of the toll increases that are draining over a billion dollars from drivers every year would have happened. Our budget proposal had enough revenue to allow for road repairs without adding unnecessary taxes like this on working class families.”
Similar toll hikes to the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway were proposed last year, but Governor Murphy vetoed them ahead of November’s legislative races.
“This is typical of the Murphy administration—halt toll hikes during an election season then turn right around and approve them the next year,” said Asm. McGuckin. “This increase is an insult to every driver, and an assault on the wallets of working families everywhere—especially those who live in coastal communities and commute to work every day on toll roads. New Jersey residents deserve more respect and consideration.”
This isn’t the first time District 10 lawmakers have criticized Governor Murphy over this issue. Last October, the Ocean County legislators blasted Murphy over regressive toll tax increases.
“Now is not the time to burden commuters with even higher costs. Gas prices are high enough, inflation is out of control, and New Jersey Transit wants to increase its fares by 15%. Now, we hear that the Governor will approve a toll increase after vetoing the same increase during the last election season,” said Asm. Kanitra. "The toll indexing plan, which allows for a 3% toll hike each year with no public hearings, was never supposed to be a permanent solution to the Turnpike Authority’s funding problems. This is what happens when you have one-party rule in Trenton."