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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Murphy Shouldn’t Even Have the Ability to Raise the Gas Tax in the First Place

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are calling for the Governor to rescind his Administration’s decision to increase the state’s gas tax by 9.3 cents which would rank New Jersey as having the fourth highest gas tax of any state in the country beginning October 1.

Senator Connors, Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove are calling for the Governor to rescind his Administration’s decision to increase the state’s gas tax by 9.3 cents on Oct. 1, giving NJ the fourth highest gas tax in the nation. (©iStock)

“Like many of our constituents, we completely object to the Murphy Administration’s increase in the state’s gas tax, on top of increasing tolls on the Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway and New Jersey Turnpike.  Unquestionably, the Governor needs to reconsider this decision in view of the significant financial hardships it will cause for motorist and businesses who cannot afford to pay more.

“Governor Murphy has not refrained, in the least, from using his executive powers during the COVID-19 state of emergency, making unilateral decisions that have had profound impacts on residents and businesses.  However, his Administration is arguing that is simply following the law by mandating another increase in the gas tax.

“Without hesitation, our Delegation broke with former Governor Christie by opposing the original 23 cent–per gallon tax increase approved in 2016 knowing that our constituency, which primarily relies on the Garden State Parkway due to severe lack of access to mass transit, would be disproportionately impacted.  Further, we knew that our constituents would see the tax dollars be used for mass transit projects in North Jersey.

“Worse than the original 23-cent tax increase was a provision in the 2016 law that empowers Trenton to increase the gas tax based on fuel consumption usage.  This is the provision that the Murphy Administration is using to justify increase the gas tax again.  Frankly, the Governor shouldn’t even have the ability to unilaterally raise the tax gas.  The 2016 law should never have been signed into law in the first place.”

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