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N.J. Democrats working to recruit Republicans for gas tax plan Christie rejected

PHILADELPHIA — Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Tuesday that Democrats are still courting Republican votes on a tax package to finance road and transit projects, and Gov. Chris Christie‘s rejection of the plan on Monday hasn’t chilled existing support.

“I think the votes are still there,” Sweeney said. “I do. No one has picked up the phone and told me we lost anybody.”

Senate and Assembly Democratic leaders who struck a deal last week to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund need Republican votes to override a gubernatorial veto.

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July 27th, 2016|

The Record: TTF leadership

IF THE state’s depleted Transportation Trust Fund is going to be fixed anytime soon, Democrats are going to have to do it.

Governor Christie made that clear Monday when he declared a proposed fix put together by Democratic legislative leaders to be “dead on arrival.” But the governor didn’t offer a constructive alternative other than an already rejected plan to offset a 23-cent per gallon gas tax increase with a 1-percentage-point decrease in the state’s 7 percent sales tax.

Instead, he resorted to political rhetoric in accusing Democrats of doing what they always do: “impose an immediate massive tax hike with a promise of future tax relief long after I am out of office.”

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July 27th, 2016|

Stalled Bridge Replacement Project Has Rocky Hill Residents Worried

Route 518 is one of the busiest roads in southern Somerset County. Between Rocky Hill and Franklin, the bridge on that roadway over the Delaware and Raritan Canal has been closed for replacement since late last month, causing frustrating traffic tie-ups and concerns about safety among residents of Rocky Hill.

The July 8 order by Governor Chris Christie to suspend work on all “non-essential” road projects С in response to a Senate stalemate over which taxes should be cut in exchange for raising the gas tax to fund road work С has halted the construction work, making matters worse. 

The detour currently in place re-routes traffic down Crescent Avenue to get to River Road. For those who live on that street, the trucks rumbling down the road are “an accident waiting to happen,” said resident Caron Wendell.

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July 27th, 2016|
ForwardNJ Chair Tom Bracken

A Message from ForwardNJ Chair Tom Bracken

An American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) study shows that a $2 billion level of highway and bridge construction work in New Jersey would stimulate $4.7 billion in economic input, or a return of over $2.35 for ever $1 spent. Moreover, this level of investment would create an sustain 34,165 jobs throughout the state’s economy, with a total annual pay of $1.4 billion. Click here to learn more.

Click here to learn more about a recent report by Peter Philips, Ph.D., Professor of Economics at the University of Utah that brings to light the challenge of maintaining infrastructure in New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the nation, and how the state’s construction industry is one of the most productive and best-equipped in the country.

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Click here to learn more about the opportunities that come with investing in New Jersey’s transportation system.

ForwardNJ is advocating for a robust, reliable, sustainable and constitutionally-dedicated solution to this problem facing our state.