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The New Year Brings A Big New Toll Increase [AUDIO]

Garden State Parkway toll increase
Garden State Parkway toll increase (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)

Many commuters who use the Turnpike and the Parkway to travel to work are getting a nasty shock today – tolls have been increased 50 percent! The bump up was approved by former Governor Corzine during his last year in office.

“Fifty percent -it’s really outrageous” said one driver at a Turnpike rest area, “do I like it? No, I don’t like it – nobody likes it – nobody wants to pay more for a road that was supposed to be free 50 years ago.”

Another motorist said “this is going to kill the small guy – truckers are going to pass it on to everybody, right? They’re not going to absorb it, businesses don’t absorb it- who absorbs it – gets caught with it? The little guy! It’s maddening – it’s absolutely maddening what’s going on in this state – I guess all over – but particularly in Jersey.”

A man standing nearby shook his head in disgust.

“I think it’s libelous” he said, “I’m surprised that this hasn’t been drawn to the public’s attention sooner – ex-Governor Corzine passed this thing without hardly anyone knowing about it – and it takes effect a year after he leaves office- I think it’s terrible! Me for one – I have a sales organization, and I’m going to indicate to my salesmen I really don’t want them traveling on toll roads.”

Another driver said “I really don’t understand why I’ve got to pay to be on these roads- I’m from out of state – so they don’t have toll roads where I come – it’s nuts – so God bless America!”

The toll hike took effect this past Sunday – the first day of the New Year.

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