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Congestion Pricing: ‘We plan to fight,’ Gottheimer says

Updated: Jun 20

May 9, 2023 |

Photo Credit: Tim Mossholder (On Unsplash)

“We plan to fight. We plan to fight hard over the next 30 days and beyond. That’s what we do in Jersey when somebody’s trying to stick it to us,” Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-5th) said Tuesday as he stood with Rep. Rob Menendez (D-8th) at the entrance to the Holland Tunnel. The congressmen vowed to contest the Federal Highway Administration’s decision to greenlight the MTA’s congestion pricing plan, including its environmental impact survey.

Most New Jerseyans who commute to Manhattan take a dim view of the MTA’s proposed congestion pricing plan, which could levy up to $23 per trip on people driving into a toll zone south of 60th Street. That’s on top of already hefty bridge and tunnel tolls. The MTA predicts car and truck traffic will divert to northern New Jersey and the Bronx to evade paying the extra toll, raising pollution levels.

NJ SEED: Not long ago there was commonly heard a promotional song – I Love New York. For NJ commuters and businesses in NY City perhaps the lyric should be changed to I Leave New York.

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