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Don’t let N.J. towns practice housing bias; Solve N.J. road fund crisis responsibly | Feedback

To the Editor:

Dozens of towns across New Jersey, including some in Gloucester County, have reached agreements to finally do their fair share to address our state’s pressing housing affordability crisis following a 2015 legal decision.

These municipalities have agreed to develop thousands of new homes in safe neighborhoods that provide working families – especially African Americans and Latinos – ladders into the middle class by increasing access to good schools and better-paying jobs.

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September 23rd, 2016|

Passaic County says it’ll sue over transportation project shutdown’s extra costs

The political stalemate between Governor Christie and the Democrats in Trenton over how to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund has dragged into its third month, with most road and bridge repair projects around the state at a standstill.

With no end to the crisis in sight, Passaic County has filed notice that it intends to sue the state Department of Transportation for any increased costs associated with Executive Order 210, which Christie issued June 30 after attempts to reach agreement with the Democrats on replenishing the Transportation Trust Fund broke down. The order effectively shut down all non-emergency road and bridge repairs financed through the fund.

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September 14th, 2016|

Bay Channel Dredging Near Barnegat Inlet on Hold

A channel-dredging project off Barnegat Light and Barnegat Township that would have started next month is now on hold under the governor’s shutdown of transportation project spending, officials confirmed.

A state contract awarded in April would dredge four channels: Double Creek Mainland Channel starting at East Bay Avenue, Barnegat; Double Creek Inlet; High Bar Harbor Channel; and Barnegat Light Stake Channel, located off the municipal boat ramp.

The channels have been shallow since Superstorm Sandy.

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September 14th, 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.

Moving New Jersey's Economy Forward

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.