VIDEO: New Jersey State Senate Proposes New Plan to Raise Gas Tax
NEW JERSEY - New Jersey State Senate President, Steve Sweeney met with Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday to discuss a new plan to raise the gasoline tax to fund transportation projects. Christie spokesman Brian Murray and Sweeney spokesman Richard McGrath say a proposal was provided and is under review. There is no word on whether the tax cuts would accompany the additional 23-cent-a-gallon increase in the gas tax. Earlier this month, Sweeney slammed the brakes on a late-night deal brokered between Christie and Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to gradually return the sales tax from 7% to 6%. Christie responded by ordering a weeklong suspension of nonessential road construction projects. New Jersey currently has the second lowest gas tax in the nation. The increase would raise it to the top five or six.