Saying it’s better late than never, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove all praised the nomination of Louis Goetting, a resident of Point Pleasant, Ocean County, to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority Board.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove praised the nomination of Louis Goetting, a resident of Point Pleasant, Ocean County, to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority Board. (Wikimedia Commons)
For several legislative sessions, the 9th District legislative delegation has sponsored bipartisan legislation (S-1674/A-3817) along with the 1st Legislative District to require that at least one member of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority be from South Jersey. On February 13 of this year, S-1674 was passed by the full Senate and referred to the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authority Committee.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following joint statement regarding Louis Goetting’s nomination:
“While we would have preferred that a local area resident have been nominated years ago, certainly our Delegation is pleased with Mr. Goetting’s nomination to the Turnpike Authority Board. That said, we are confident that Mr. Goetting understands our area’s need for a strong voice and will act in the best interest of local commuters.
“Representation on the Turnpike Authority Board is an important issue to our constituency and, accordingly, to our Delegation, especially following the Corzine toll increases. Simply stated, our constituents are forced to pay more in tolls and, therefore, want a greater say in how this revenue is used on projects that impact their commutes, communities and businesses.
“Like any important issue, it’s always an uphill battle with Trenton. Fair representation is all our constituency has asked for only to see this area of the state bypassed when it came to the Turnpike Authority Board.
“Though Mr. Goetting’s nomination is a step in the right direction, our Delegation, nonetheless, will still be working to advance our legislation to require at least one member of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority is a South Jersey resident. Without question, it’s better to have a statutory requirement than rely on the good graces of Trenton.”
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