N.J. BETRAYED: Gas Tax Hike Clears State Senate, 23-14

DEVELOPING…

“The Reason Foundation reports that the cost of operating, building and maintaining New Jersey’s state roads is three times the cost in the next highest state, Massachusetts, and 12 times the national average. Nowhere in this bill are cost drivers of road projects addressed,” Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) explained after casting his ‘NAY’ vote. “Before we ask commuters to go from paying the second lowest to the seventh highest gas tax in the nation, we need to do everything we can to bring the cost of road projects down. Sadly, we did not.”

Here’s who voted AGAINST the gas tax hike:

Diane Allen, R-Burlington
Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R- Somerset
Jennfer Beck, R-Monmouth
Anthony Bucco, R-Morris
Gerald Cardinale, R-Morris
Christopher Connors, R-Ocean
Michael Doherty, R-Hunterdon
Nia Gill, D-Essex
James Holzapfel, R-Ocean
Tom Kean Jr., R-Union
Raymond Lesniak, D-Union
Joseph Pennacchio, R-Morris
Shirley Turner, D-Mercer
Jeff Van Drew, D-Cumberland

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