NJ Community: Keep Rep. Rob Andrews at the top of the “next to go” list.
Your voice DOES matter, and it’s heard loudest in the voting booth!
TRENTON — Gov. Jon S. Corzine’s bid to raise tolls to fix long-troubled state finances will get support today from a major fellow Democrat.
U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews will endorse Corzine’s proposal to boost highway tolls to pay state debt, fund transportation work and repair state finances, a Statehouse official told The Associated Press Sunday night. It will come at a Monday morning news conference in Bellmawr, said the official who is involved in the effort.
The official requested anonymity so as not to upstage the announcement by Corzine and the veteran Congressman.
Andrews will become the first major Democrat to endorse Corzine’s plan, which is designed to pay at least half of $32 billion in state debt and fund transportation projects for 75 years. Corzine also wants to limit future state spending and require voters to approve most state borrowing.
Various polls have shown about 60 percent of voters oppose the plan. But Corzine has received support from former Republican Congressman Bob Franks and an array of business, labor and education officials, including the Atlantic City casinos and executives from Verizon, Chubb, Schering Plough and Princeton University (e.g., friends).
Andrews, of Haddon Heights, has served in the House since 1990 and has won
re-election by significant margins.(NOT ANYMORE!!!)
He could not be reached for comment Sunday night.
Corzine wants to increase tolls 50 percent in 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022. Those
increases would include inflation adjustments and, after 2022, tolls would increase
every four years until 2085 to reflect inflation.
The Atlantic City Expressway, Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike and Route 440 would be affected.
His plan to limit future state spending to annual revenue growth and to require that voters approve state borrowing are meant to keep the state’s finances in good shape once half the debt is paid.
New Jersey is considered the nation’s fourth-most indebted state, and Corzine warns the debt will consume more of the budget and make it difficult to fund programs (…so don’t cut any of your programs Governor… just keep stiffing us taxpayers). He wants the Legislature to approve his plan by mid-March, though Democrats who control the Legislature have been hesitant to support it and have vowed to change it.
On Friday, Corzine’s administration announced most of the money designated for toll road improvements will go toward areas that would be hit hardest by the toll increases.
It’s a shame.. we just can’t trust anything this administration announces.