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A Gas Tax Musing

By Rosalie Avin

Rosalie Avin

In 2016, Chris Christie raised our gas taxes 23 cents on the gallon. It was “HUGE” and not in the President Trump, positive way. The people of New Jersey were angered once again by Christie’s brazen disregard for the middle class. He had shown his apathy by playing with the pensions of state employees including teachers and the police. He flaunted it by refusing to negotiate contracts in a timely fashion. The one reason this tax was accepted was the governor’s promise that the money would be directed towards infrastructure.  Our roads, tunnels and bridges were in disrepair therefore the taxpayer would finance the renewal.

Christie did not keep his word. As I drove on major routes like the Garden State, I often wondered, “Where did that money go?”

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Posted: March 13th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Gas Tax, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Backers of Public Question #2 Say It’s Only Way to Make Sure Gas Tax Goes to TTF

img_0858-800x531Over the past three decades New Jersey voters have approved several ballot questions that have protected revenue raised from state fuel taxes from being used for anything other than transportation projects. Now, in the wake of the unpopular 23-cent gas-tax increase that went into effect today, voters are being asked to do so again. One of… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gas Tax, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Why you might not feel the pain of gas tax hike until summer

img_0858-800x531Monday will be the last day most drivers will be able to readily buy gas below the $2 a gallon in New Jersey as a 23-cent per gallon increase in the state gas tax takes effect on Tuesday. Does this mean the days of cheap Jersey gas are gone? While sub-$2 gas will disappear from most… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 31st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gas Tax, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

DiMaso: No Gas Tax Price Gouging in Monmouth County

serena-weights-and-measuresFreeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso announced today that the County Division of Weights and Measures, which she oversees, is on the look-out for unscrupulous gas stations that are raising their prices on the news that New Jersey Gas Tax has been increased by $.23 per gallon.

The new Trenton money grab does not go into effect until November 1.

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Posted: October 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gas Tax, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Serena DiMaso, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

How Monmouth’s Legislators voted on the gas tax

img_0858-800x531The New Jersey Legislature approved a $.23 per gallon sales tax increase today, accompanied by a phase out of the estate tax, a gradual fractional reduction in the sale tax and tax breaks for veterans and the working poor.  The Senate vote was 28-14.  The vote in the Assembly was 44-27.

Monmouth County’s Legislators voted as follows:

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Posted: October 7th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gas Tax, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , | 9 Comments »

Doherty’s long term support for the gas tax increase, toll hikes and other profitable ventures

christie Doherty belmarBelmar Mayor Matt Doherty, a candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder, is a long term supporter of the gas tax increase that is up for a vote in the State Legislature on Friday.

In 2014, Doherty wrote a letter endorsing the work of Foward New Jersey, a coalition of unions and other special interest groups who will collect the $2 million per mile construction costs that the $.23 per gallon gas tax  will fund. Forward New Jersey has been lobbying for the gas tax increase for almost two years and is waging a social media campaign to counter the grass-roots opposition to the tax increase as you are reading this article.  Doherty’s letter can be found here.

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Posted: October 6th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Gas Tax, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Doherty’s long term support for the gas tax increase, toll hikes and other profitable ventures

Votes by N.J. lawmakers on 23-cent gas tax hike deal stalled until Friday

img_0858-800x531TRENTON — Planned votes on measures to raise the gasoline tax 23 cents a gallon to raise money for road improvements and cut $1.4 billion in taxes were put off two days after proponents ran into a procedural hurdle in the state Senate on Wednesday. Senators said Wednesday the upper chamber was short the 30 votes… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 5th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gas Tax, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

N.J. Must Ask More of Our Leaders in Trenton

gas-pump-300x235Governor Christie and the New Jersey Legislature are about to increase the gas tax by 23¢ per gallon taking effect for Thursday morning and overnight becoming the seventh highest gas tax in the country. Unfortunately, hiking the gas tax treats only a symptom of the broken Transportation Trust Fund. We commend legislative leadership for the serious… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Americans For Prosperity, Gas Tax, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on N.J. Must Ask More of Our Leaders in Trenton

Sen Beck: Public Massively Opposes New Gas Tax

beck-gas-tax-rallySenator 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.”

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Posted: October 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gas Tax, Jennifer Beck, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Christie, Democrats take another stab at ending N.J. road funding crisis

assetContentTRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie has resumed talks with Democratic legislative leaders in another attempt to end a stalemate over transportation funding that prompted a statewide road construction shutdown heading into its third month. Christie met with Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) on Monday, and will meet with Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), as well this… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 30th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gas Tax, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments »