The Senate Transportation Committee passed legislation (S-246) prime-sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would require that at least two regular meetings each year of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority be held on a rotating basis in Ocean County, Atlantic County, and Cape May County.
A bill sponsored by Connors, Rumpf & Gove requires at least two meetings each year of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to be held on a rotating basis in Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May counties. (SenateNJ.com)
The legislation also proposes that one regular meeting of the Authority be held in Bergen County and at least one meeting be held in Salem, Gloucester, and Camden counties on a rotating basis. Currently, regular meetings of the authority are held on a monthly basis in the Authority’s Administration Offices located in Woodbridge.
The 9th District legislators issued the following statement on the Committee’s approval of the legislation:
“Turnpike meetings should be regularly scheduled to in South Jersey in view of the fact a large segment of the Garden State Parkway is located in our area of the state and, more importantly, local residents pay a significant portion of the tolls that fund infrastructure projects and maintenance.
“Residents justifiably want and should be afforded the opportunity to participate in the meetings of a government-established entity that makes large-scale decisions which greatly impact commuters, businesses and communities.
“Bringing government closer to the people is always sound policy, especially when it involves an entity that directly spends taxpayer dollars or more specifically, in this case, toll revenue.
“From the outset, our delegation was the leading voice of opposition to the Corzine toll hikes because we saw the writing on the wall in that our constituents were being specifically targeted to generate revenue for Trenton’s coffers not unlike the gas tax increase, which we also fought against.
“This is a bipartisan collaborative effort that we have undertaken with Senator Jeff Van Drew and the 1st District Assembly delegation in that large segments of our respective constituencies rely on the Parkway as their primary means of commuting.”
Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove are cosponsors on the Assembly version of the bill, A-798, which is awaiting action by the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee.
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