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Budget Stalemate Threatens 2018 Transportation Projects Worth $4B

Credit: Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday met workers at an Interstate 95 project in Mercer County that is being funded by the Transportation Trust Fund. Gov. Chris Christie and lawmakers remained in a stalemate yesterday over the next state budget, moving another day closer to the date when the state constitution would […]


See, We Told You So: President Trump may soon validate N.J. gas tax opponents’ fears

Back in June of last year, I had a written a few articles about the ill effects of the gas tax here at Matt Rooney‘s Save Jersey Blog. I warned you how, on top of the then-proposed New Jersey gas tax increase, a proposed federal increase would raise the gas tax by $10 per barrel — about 24 […]

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A Border Wall is Cheaper Than Driving in N.J.

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 […]

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Obama takes final slap at N.J. police on his way out the door

We’ve had liberal presidents before, Save Jerseyans, but we’ve never had a president who hated everyone who wasn’t a liberal before Barack Obama. His last minute regulatory push is making the headlines, and is certainly proof enough of his demented obsession with transforming the country to fit his worldview. Something simpler? New Jersey-specific? And dispositive […]

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Will the gas tax hike shore up New Jersey’s troubled pension system?

That’s the plan, Save Jerseyans. Smart government? Or short-sighted self-dealing? This new bipartisan measure spearheaded by South Jersey legislators from both houses — S2842/A4388 – would permit New Jersey’s newly replenished Transportation Trust Fund to borrow directly from New Jersey pension funds. Right now, the process unfolds indirectly when bonds are sold to investors. The legislation doesn’t impose a cap on the […]

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NJ Transit train that crashed in Hoboken was going twice speed limit

HOBOKEN — A New Jersey Transit train that crashed into Hoboken’s terminal last week, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others, was going twice the speed limit at the moment of impact, and the train’s engineer hit the emergency brake less than a second before the crash, federal investigators said Thursday. The National […]


Opinion: Memorandum on the Transportation Trust Fund Bill

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff raises some tough questions that the public should hope its lawmakers are prepared to answer before they vote on the Transportation Trust Fund measure. *MEMORANDUM* TO: Honorable Members of the New Jersey State Legislature FROM: John Q. Public DATE: October 7, 2016 RE: Transportation Trust Fund-Related Legislation You will vote today on legislation […]


Trenton’s Gas Tax Deal: Too Little, Too Late, and Loaded with Hidden Problems

Save Jerseyans, as a student and a local elected official, I thought it was necessary to weigh in on the gas tax talk this week: We aren’t the first state that’s been thrown under the gas tax bus. The federal government’s inaction of raising the gasoline tax has resulted in many states raising their tax […]

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It Turns Out “Tax Fairness” Means Tax Hike

New Jersey’s number one problem is its terrible tax burden, and it does us absolutely no good to make that worse. The backroom deal struck last week would impose a massive, front-loaded, immediate, and permanent 160 percent gas tax increase on New Jersey’s overtaxed residents in exchange for still-fictional tax reductions that already stand on […]

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Christie dips into general fund as TTF stalemate drags on

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog TRENTON, NJ — With a a stalemate over how to replenish New Jersey’s near-depleted Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) dragging into its second month, Save Jerseyans, Governor Chris Christie is taking further emergency action. On Wednesday, he signed Executive Order 213, authorizing the state Treasurer to use general funds for transportation expenses deemed […]


O’Scanlon addresses his critics regarding his declining to vote on the Assembly gas tax bill

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, the Republican Budget Officer in the Assembly and a representative of northern Monmouth County in the lower house of the legislature has taken some criticism here in the MMM comments and on facebook for not voting on the Transportation Trust Fund bill that was sprung on the Assembly by Speaker Vincent Prieto […]


New Jersey Senate May Delay Votes on Gas-Tax Hike, Pension Amendment

Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) The New Jersey Senate is holding its first voting session in over a month this afternoon, but legislation seeking to renew the state Transportation Trust Fund with a gas-tax hike may not make the final agenda. The same goes for a resolution to put a pension-funding […]


WE TOLD YOU SO: Prieto admits his ‘sales tax’ trade-off with Christie is a fiction!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog We told you so, Save Jerseyans. Asm. Jay Webber, NJ 101.5’s Bill Spadea and yours truly have all been consistent on this point: The biggest problem with the Christie-Prieto gas tax ‘compromise’ is that the sales tax cut is likely to be reversed if/when we get a […]

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THE LIST: Christie names 900+ stalled TTF-funded projects

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog Governor Chris Christie‘s pre-July 4th Weekend executive order shuttering state road projects in the wake of a transportation trust fund stalemate is being implemented, Save Jerseyans. All work on ongoing projects funded by the TTF — currently underway in 440 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities — will cease no later than 11:59 […]


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Christie on the defense as his gas and sales tax plan faces failure

TRENTON — Facing the possibility that a proposed gas-tax-increase-for-sales-tax-decrease proposal he brokered with the Assembly could go up in flames, Gov. Chris Christie made his case for the deal Wednesday. The governor called a surprise Statehouse news conference hours after Senate Democrats said they opposed the plan, which would raise gas tax by 23 cents […]