NJ toll hikes in authority's hands

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - September 25, 2008 In public hearings that ended Wednesday, speakers were split on the planned hikes. And some were steamed that the hearings were held during working hours rather than the evening.

Some commuters objected to having to pay more; others liked the prospect of using the additional revenues to widen roads.

Citizens may still submit written comments until Oct. 1.

The proposed increases would raise tolls by 50 percent.

It's up to the Turnpike Authority to approve any increases, though the governor has veto power.

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