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Senator Mike Doherty Senator Mike Doherty (R-23)
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October 27, 2011
Doherty Calls for Toll Relief for Locals Impacted by Recent Delaware Toll Hikes

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33% Hike in Down Economy Hurts Seniors and Families

Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement urging enactment of a program that will provide toll discounts for local residents who are impacted by the recently enacted toll hikes on Delaware River bridges.

“A 33% toll hike was not the right course of action to impose on working families and seniors during hard economic times. The Bridge Commission historically had a program that allowed local residents who relied on the bridges to receive discounts. I am calling on the Commission to issue coupons or tokens, as they did in the past, to offset the recent increase.”

“I see these toll increases as counter-productive to New Jersey’s economic recovery, and remain committed to work to derail them.”

I am quite disturbed by these hikes that were decided behind closed doors so that the very people, who would be affected, are unaware of the planned hikes. They’re apparently not interested in hearing or considering the public’s opinion. This is an outrageous burden to put on people who have to drive across the river to shop, work or to visit loved ones.”

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