State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said Monday he will present multiple proposals to Gov. Chris Christie this week to re-up the Transportation Trust Fund and break a stalemate that's suspended road and rail projects across the state.
Acknowledging time is tight as legislators are leaving later this week for national conventions, Sweeney said, "I never expect that I'm going to give the governor something, a compromise, that he would accept in totality."
Christie issued an executive order to shut down nonessential road, bridge, and transit construction projects at the end of June when the Transportation Trust Fund expired. At that time, Christie blamed the New Jersey Senate for refusing his plan to fund the trust fund for eight years with a 23-cent per gallon tax increase and one percent sales tax decrease.
New Jersey On-Line (NJ.com) says in today's post that Sweeney's and Christie's stalemate will increase project costs by as much as 25-percent, and if the trust fund isn't replenished government leaders will have to raise property taxes to keep construction going.
The roadblock continues. Read more of NJ.com's story here: