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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 »

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 »

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 »

Despite TTF Deal, It’s Still Unclear When Roadwork Will Resume in New Jersey

2220With the political impasse over transportation funding that has gripped Trenton for the past three months now settled, New Jersey lawmakers are scheduled to vote tomorrow on the legislation that will hike the state’s gas tax by 23 cents. The proposed increase already has Gov. Chris Christie’s endorsement and is expected to pass with bipartisan support.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 4th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Republican Assembly Members Should Vote Against Gas Tax Hike

By Art Gallagher

img_0858-800x531This column is for my Republican friends in the Assembly, especially those from Monmouth County.

Dave Rible, Rob Clifton, Sean Kean, Monmouth Republican Assembly Members who voted for gas tax in June, and Declan O’Scanlon who didn’t vote, should join Amy Handlin and Ronald Dancer, Republicans who represent parts of Monmouth and voted NO in June, in voting NO on Wednesday or whenever the bill that Governor Christie, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto agreed to on Friday comes up for a vote.

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Posted: October 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Amy Handlin, Chris Christie, Dave Rible, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ GOP, NJ Politics, NJ State Legislature, Opinion, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 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 makes Gas Tax increase deal with Sweeney and Prieto

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Governor Chris Christie, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Prieto announced a deal to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund with a $.23 per gallon gas tax increase this afternoon in Trenton.

In a press release from his office, Christie touted off setting tax decreases in the deal–“tax fairness”– which he said will more than compensate for the gas tax increase.

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Posted: September 30th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, Taxes | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »