Senator Jennifer Beck renewed her opposition to a $.23 per gallon hike on the New Jersey gas tax and said that the deal struck between Governor Chris Christie, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto is a recycled version of previous legislation that thousands of New Jersey drivers rallied against.
“Residents, drivers and commuters rallied against this $2 billion gas tax plan the first time it was proposed in June,” said Beck. “Offering a recycled plan that tinkers around the edges doesn’t change the fact that the public massively opposes a 23 cent per gallon gas tax hike. I will continue to stand up and fight for the vast majority of the people of New Jersey who oppose this tax increase.”
The legislation to boost the sale tax is scheduled to be voted upon in the legislature on Wednesday, October 5 and is expected to go into effect immediately, meaning New Jersey drivers could see at .$23 bump at the pump as early as Thursday morning. In addition to raising the gas tax, the legislation phases out the estate tax, reduces income taxes on retirement income, increases the earned income tax credit for the working poor and phases in a 3/8% reduction in the sales tax.
The gas tax increase will be locked in long term. Even Republican legislators who say they support the legislation because of the tax decreases privately acknowledge that the Democrats will likely repeal the tax decreases and raise other taxes after the next gubernatorial election.
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