Consistent with the principled position their delegation has maintained since day one, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove voted against increasing the gas tax by 23 cents per gallon.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove voted against increasing the gas tax. (SenateNJ.com)
Both houses of the New Jersey Legislature convened on Friday, October 7th at the State House in Trenton to vote on the gas tax proposal. While tax cuts were included in the proposal, the 9th District delegation voted ‘NO’ in representing the interests of the overwhelming majority of their constituents who supported reductions in government spending as a more effective alternative than increasing yet another tax.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following statement on the gas tax increase vote:
“The entire charade leading up to the gas tax increase has been a disgrace and an insult to the working class commuters who will be forced to bail out the state. For us, this scheme never passed the smell test. Regardless of the political pressure, we would never sell out our constituents and, accordingly, we didn’t hesitate to break with the Governor on this tax increase.
“First, this tax disparately targets many of our constituents who are commuters living in bedroom communities, with no access to mass transit, driving considerable distances to their jobs. Just as with school funding, residents of our area will pay more only to watch as a substantial amount of revenue from the gas tax increase will go to fund mass transportation projects primarily located in urban areas.
“More than 126,000 of our constituents are registered EZPass users, the most of any legislative district in the state. Not coincidentally, these are the same middle class people hit hardest by the Corzine toll hikes. Consumers will also see the gas tax increase passed on through the higher costs of goods while having less disposable income because they are paying more at the pump.
“Making matters even worse, the scheme embraces the same failed, unsustainable borrowing practices that got New Jersey into this crisis in the first place. In typical Trenton fashion, we’ll find ourselves in the same hole eight years down the road when the money, once again, runs out causing decades of repayments due to the borrowing authorized by this legislation.”
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