While the gas tax wrangling continues in the New Jersey legislature and transportation construction is on an executive ordered hold, Governor Christie announced Wednesday that he has ordered state officials to free money in the state budget to pay for emergency road, rail and infrastructure construction. The executive order will allow the treasurer to redirect funding from "any state department" to pay for essential projects or those with matching federal funding.
Christie's executive order gives his administration flexibility to respond to emergent needs. According to the order, essential projects are those necessary "for the protection of the health, safety and welfare" of New Jerseyans.
"No evident progress has been made by the Legislature to pass a single, viable bill to reauthorize the (Transportation Trust Fund Authority)," he said. "A well-maintained transportation infrastructure is essential to the operation of New Jersey's economy and the people who rely upon it in all aspects of their daily lives.
"The current situation will persist until the Senate and the General Assembly pass an acceptable TTFA funding bill. Until they do so, the State must use money from the General Fund for emergency road, bridge, and mass transportation work," he continued.