Taking NJ Republicans to task over the gas tax vote
We had two guests in studio today to discuss the second attempt from the Legislative leaders in Trenton to stick us with a new gas tax.
We've given them potential cuts to make. We've explained that there's no agreement on the actual cost of road construction. We've battled hard to get Trenton politicians to listen to the real reasons why people are leaving the state.
For the most part they are still not listening. There is some good news though. Assembly GOP leader Jon Bramnick despite being criticized by me for weeks for voting for round one of the gas tax proposal, came on the show. He blamed the Democrats for refusing to let Republican lawmakers speak on the floor and for consistently refusing to discuss spending cuts or tax relief.
He did say firmly however that this latest attempt is dead and the GOP members will stand with the Governor if he vetoes it. Senator Doherty has been consistently against any new taxes as long as the state refuses to audit the unknown costs of road construction throughout the state. He went so far as to call out the idea that even if the money is dedicated to the Transportation Trust Fund its still going toward rail projects, NJ Transit funding and other costs completely unrelated to the fixing of NJ's aging roadway infrastructure.
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