N.J. toll road hikes backed by solid plan | Letters

N.J. toll road hikes backed by solid plan | Letters

Star-Ledger letters to the editor Concerning the article, “ Lawmakers want to knock 50 cents off your Turnpike, Parkway, tolls, delay future toll hikes,” about increases slated for Jan. 1: The New Jersey Turnpike Authority is one of our region’s largest economic engines, providing safe and efficient travel for cars and trucks, access to sea ports, routes for a robust public transportation system and access to a major hub for air travel. Simply put, an investment in the New Jersey Turnpike Authority is an investment in the engine that generates economic activity throughout the Northeast and beyond. The authority’s 10-year capital plan was rolled out in a public and transparent manner. I can attest to this because I testified in favor of the plan, with many others, at a turnpike authority commission meeting. The plan passed unanimously and will result in expanding critical transportation infrastructure, the creation of good union jobs and robust growth for our state economy. No one want to increase tolls, but New Jersey needs stable funding to pay for infrastructure investments. It’s time for the folks in Trenton to think of the long game and stick to the plan. Let’s keep moving New Jersey forward with this bold investment and reap the rewards of a truly unmatched highway transportation system. Barry Kushnir, Ocean Township Enact more N.J. gun safety restrictions Under Gov. Phil Murphy’s leadership, New Jersey has established itself as a national leader in fighting gun violence by enacting life-saving, common sense gun safety […]

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