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Ocean County Legislators to Vote Against Gas Tax Hike

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An LED gas station sign. (File Photo)
An LED gas station sign. (File Photo)

UPDATE: The vote on the gas tax hike has been postponed until Friday due to a procedural hurdle that prevented the start of an emergency session in the state Senate, NJ.com reported.

Ahead of a vote expected to take place Wednesday on a 23 cent gas tax hike, a group of Ocean County legislators said they would all vote against the plan.

Sen. James Holzapfel and Assembly members Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin released a joint statement Wednesday morning saying they oppose the plan, which would raise the gas tax by a minimum of 23 cents. The proposed tax increase would fund the now-insolvent Transportation Trust Fund, and is the result of a deal struck last week between Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, and Democratic leaders in the legislature that would eliminate New Jersey’s estate tax and slightly lower (from 7 percent to 6.625 percent) the sales tax.

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The group of legislators said a gas tax hike would “disproportionately” affect Ocean County residents.

“There are more than 80,000 EZ Pass users in our legislative district alone,” Holzapfel said. “These drivers are already paying the highest tolls in the nation. They simply cannot afford to pay any more to use New Jersey’s roads and highways. We will not stand silently by and watch as the legislature approves a 23-cent gas tax hike that will impose severe financial hardships on the people we were elected to serve. Taxpayers in Ocean County and across this state deserve better.”

“With little or no access to mass transit, Ocean County residents have no choice but to drive long distances to get to work every day,” said Wolfe. “They won’t benefit from a new light rail line many miles away, and paltry three-eighths percent cut in the sales tax will not offset the hundreds of dollars more a year they will have to pay at the pump.”

McGuckin characterized the increase as a “regressive $2 billion tax hike.”

A vote is expected on the plan sometime Wednesday. It was unclear whether there would be enough legislative support to pass the plan. Taxpayer advocacy groups and some Republicans in the legislature have vehemently opposed it, while labor unions have ran an advertising campaign in support of the hike, which would fund billions in capital projects over the next eight years.


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  • J W

    Does this mean the construction will resume at the Parkway on Burnt Tavern Road? They haven’t been doing much down there for a while.

  • Jen MacLachlan Taylor

    The fact that any tax gets increased is utter ridiculousness. Cut spending!!! Enough already. This will affect everyone because the simplest of things will increase in price, such as groceries. Government is out of control and something needs to be done.

    • J W

      If you want safe roads and bridges, you need to pay for it. Cutting taxes to repair roads isn’t a logical position.

      • KaayC

        The ever increasing tolls were supposed to cover that.

      • J W

        Maybe on the toll roads, not on the rest of the state’s public access roads. Even then, we know that the gas tax and tolls can’t cover the cost of maintaining the roads. They have had to raid the general fund to supplement that for 30 years.

      • ThatGuy

        No, its that the fund cant cover the interest payments on the debt it has taken on.

        That’s the issue.

        We cant fix the roads bc all the money is basically used on credit card interest. The money is there, we just have to pay a vig bc Trenton.

      • Jen MacLachlan Taylor

        Yes. Unfortunately, taxes are necessary. But when taxes get out of control, and we can all agree that’s where we are in New Jersey, enough already. “Let’s raise taxes to pay for that, and that, and that too.” That’s the easy and lazy and greedy way to do things. Cut spending. The state of New Jersey needs an audit done by her residents. Certainly would be interesting to see where all the money goes and how often “double-dipping” occurs.

  • ThatGuy

    Atleast they have valid points in their argument to vote against it, even though it will still pass.

  • Chief Wahoo

    HA HA. The fat RINO is going to dump on all you fools in ocean county who voted for the liar. Twice !!!

  • Chief Wahoo

    HA HA. The fat RINO is going to screw all you fools in ocean county who voted for the liar. Twice !!!
    And then tell you how spending $430 more a year, while saving $113 a year , is a great deal for you.
    You already all proved how stupid you are. So I guess you can’t blame the fat man. Go Red Team. Go !!!!!!

  • Not a single mention of the Estate Tax. How odd. Frederick John LaVergne for Congress. Not part of the Friends and Family plan.