By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
You may have missed this on Thursday ’cause I did, Save Jerseyans, but Governor Chris Christie made a little bit of news on the Granite State campaign trail.
“I’ll tell you what I’m not going to do, I’m not going to increase the gas tax while you’re sitting here and complaining to me about every other tax being too high, but you want me to spend money on roads,” Christie told New Hampshire voters.
Let’s hope his determination holds past the primary.
The scheme to replenish the underfunded transportation trust fund with ever-higher gas taxes – the one tax that doesn’t completely suck here in the over-taxed Garden State – is wildly unpopular but scandal-plagued former Christie Administration NJ DOT chieftain and McGreevey Democrat Jamie Fox pushed heavily for higher taxes, as special interest groups who stand to benefit financially from massive infrastructure spending are dumping a ton of money into radio and internet advertising in support of a tax hike.
Christie was initially noncommittal on the subject but, as early as September 2015, refused to consider a hike as part of a potential compromise.