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N.J. commuters are the patsies for Christie’s no tax vow

The Port Authority – and New Jerseyans using the bridges, tunnels and PATH — could easily become Christie’s piggy bank — one that he breaks into to cover project costs that the state should finance.

And when the Port Authority needs more money for its Manhattan real estate development projects or Christie’s local road repairs, it simply hits up New Jersey commuters. So the financial burden of maintaining the state’s roads falls on the toll payers rather than the taxpayers.

When commenting on the Port Authority hikes Christie said that if the cables on the GWB needed to be replaced somebody had to pay for them and it only made sense to have those who use the bridge pony up.

He’s right. But why should those same drivers pay for the Pulaski Skyway or the rebuilding of at Ground zero?

Josh McMahon is a former member of The Star-Ledger’s editorial board.

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Comments (3)
3 Saturday, 17 September 2011 16:20
JerzGirl226
NJ commuters should not be facing most of the burden of financing the the new WTC. This is ridiculous and it's not our problem. And it's not like these are small increases either. This is exactly what you get when you let people like Christie into office. What the hell does he care, his ass takes a limo from a helicopter to see a baseball game.
2 Wednesday, 24 August 2011 00:31
MadInNJ
We should have raised the gas tax and told the PA to pound salt. Why are NJ commuters financing the WTC? The people who work there will be paying Income Taxes to NY and NYC, not NJ. We got ripped off when they put up the Towers three-and-a-half decades ago, and we're being bent over again.
1 Monday, 22 August 2011 11:10
Tex
Here's someone worse than Madoff. Read then forward this link to everyone you know, so they don't get scammed: http://texsquixtarblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/who-is-worse-bernie-madoff-or-rich.html

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