New Jersey's Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno has released the lists of transportation construction projects, estimated to be valued at $3.5 billion, ordered to undergo an 'orderly shutdown' by Governor Christie's Executive Order No. 210.
Christie issued the order late June 30 after the state Senate's failure to act on the Assembly Transportation Trust Fund package that would have provided every New Jersey family two broad-based tax cuts that exceed the legislation's proposal for a dedicated gas tax increase.
“As Governor, I am entrusted with the responsibility to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of this State, as well as the responsibility to aid in the prevention of damage, loss, or destruction of property in the event of emergencies affecting the State. As this executive order states, in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of this State, it is necessary that the remaining amounts held by the TTF not be spent on any transportation project that is not absolutely essential,” Governor Christie stated in signing Executive Order No. 210.
As of 11:59 P.M. tonight, work will be temporarily stopped on ongoing projects funded by the TTF for a period of at least seven days.
Here is the list of NJ Transit projects to be shut down;
Here is the list of NJ DOT construction projects to be shut down:
The New York Times reports Stephen M. Sweeney, the Senate president, said his staff was examining several options for a transportation funding deal with Mr. Christie. Sweeney has favored legislation to phase out the estate tax in exchange for raising the gas tax, but Mr. Christie said he did not support the idea.
Mr. Sweeney criticized the governor’s abrupt decision to shut down projects when the fund was not expected to run out of money until August. “He didn’t have to do it so quickly,” Mr. Sweeney said. “We should be trying to find a solution.”
Christie’s office declined to say where the governor was on Wednesday, but local news outlets reported that he had planned to visit Italy with his wife.