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Gas tax hike talks have not died, according to NJ lawmakers

Negotiations to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), possibly with an increase in the gas tax, have not broken off despite published reports to the contrary, according to leaders in the General Assembly. They said the talks continue, but politics is at play and that could stall a gas tax hike for the time being.

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NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney
State Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Transportation funding – Sweeney says he’s surprised by Christie’s stance

At the tail end of 2014 the hottest topic in Trenton was finding a funding source to replenish the nearly bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund. Democratic leaders in the Legislature said they were speaking privately with Gov. Chris Christie and hoped to unveil a plan in early January. That didn't happen.

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Transportation fund takes spotlight ahead of budget hearings

Gov. Chris Christie's chief transportation officer might be forgiven if he were disappointed the governor did not address the state's ailing trust fund in his 2016 budget address last month.

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There's renewed discussion about extending the number 7 NYC subway line into New Jersey. (Spencer Platt, Getty Images News)
There's renewed discussion about extending the number 7 NYC subway line into New Jersey. (Spencer Platt, Getty Images News)
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Secaucus subway stop plan gets new round of discussion

With traffic congestion getting worse between New Jersey and New York, there's renewed discussion about the idea of extending a Big Apple subway line into the Garden State.

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Gov. Chris Christie, on ‘Ask the Governor”
Gov. Chris Christie, on ‘Ask the Governor”
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NJ Transportation Fund – How would you replenish it?

In case you weren’t watching, here’s a brief summary of Governor Christie’s Budget Address:
The upcoming budget is to be 33.8 billion dollars with no new taxes imposed. It’s less by 2.3 billion that had been put in place in 2008

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Cars travel under the Longfellow Bridge, which has been undergoing repair, during snowfall in Boston, Feb. 17.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Cars travel under the Longfellow Bridge, which has been undergoing repair, during snowfall in Boston, Feb. 17. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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Highway, bridge funding at issue in many states besides NJ

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Touted as one of the first interstate highways, a 200-mile span of Interstate 70 between suburban St. Louis and Kansas City stands as a prime example of the challenges facing the nation's roads.

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Gas tax debate breaks down along party lines in Trenton

Several Republican lawmakers are on the record saying they will not vote in favor of a gas tax increase if that is the solution for replenishing the nearly bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund. That's not stopping Democratic leaders from calling for bipartisan support of any plan to add to the TTF.

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Debating a gas tax hike versus spending cuts

As Gov. Chris Christie and state legislators scramble to find the best way to replenish the almost bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund, the debate continues about how best to accomplish this task.

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Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto and Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto and Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Tax trade-off proposed to solve transportation funding problem

The top two Democrats in the State Legislature say reducing taxes on retirees, inheritances and estates in exchange for an unspecified tax increase to replenish the nearly bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund is part of the ongoing negotiations with Gov. Chris Christie.

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Gas tax hike debate rages on in NJ

Top legislators, policymakers and local officials descended on Trenton Wednesday for the State League of Municipalities 25th Annual Mayors' Legislative Day. There was universal agreement that the nearly-bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) must be replenished, but the debate over where the state will find the money to do that raged on.

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