A study frequently cited last year by New Jersey gas tax hike proponents is instructive as we debate one of President Trump’s defining policy pushes, Save Jerseyans.
The June 2016 national transportation research group (the “TRIP”) report concluded that it costs New Jersey motorists a total of $13.1 billion statewide annually, or more than $2,600 per driver and rising, to maintain our bridges and roadways.
Inside those numbers? Traffic congestion worsens every year, increasing commute times and costing New Jersey drivers an additional $6.2 billion a year.
Estimates of building a wall or other barrier along the entire U.S.-Mexico border come in around $21.6 billion over 3.5 years (a one-time cost).
So securing our Southern Border is really a bargain compared to what it cost New Jersey motorists every year just to get to work.