NJ gov faces unpopular transportation choices

August 13, 2008 1:33:00 PM PDT
New Jersey drivers soon could be shouldering more of the state's mounting transportation costs through toll hikes and a gas tax increase. New Jersey needs billions to widen the Turnpike, build a new commuter tunnel into Manhattan, repair aging bridges and pay off existing transportation-related debt.

So Governor Corzine is preparing a new funding proposal to be unveiled after Labor Day.

Corzine hasn't said what the new plan will involve. But he hasn't ruled out lesser toll increases and trying to add tolls on free highways.

Meanwhile, state Treasurer David Rousseau eulogized the governor's failed plan to fund transportation projects and halve the state debt through massive toll increases as "dead" and "done" at the same forum.

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