Beck Remains Opposed to Gas Tax, Other NJ Politicans Silent
TRENTON — Republican state Sen. Jennifer Beck stands firm in her opposition to an increase in New Jersey's gas tax but many Republicans appear ready to vote in favor.
The Monmouth County representative called the plan — which was announced Friday by Gov. Chris Christie, Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto — a "recycled plan" that the public didn't want the first time in June.
“Residents, drivers and commuters rallied against this $2 billion gas tax plan the first time it was proposed in June,” said Beck. "I will continue to stand up and fight for the vast majority of the people of New Jersey who oppose this tax increase.”
Most other members of the Assembly and Senate were quiet on Saturday when it came to commenting on the gas tax.
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick in a statement said: “I applaud Governor Christie for bringing Democrat leaders in the Legislature together on a compromise to fix our roads and bridges in a way that is equally fair to our overburdened taxpayers.”
“This announcement is great news for the residents of New Jersey who will benefit from a better transportation system and will enjoy significant tax savings under this agreement," wrote Assemblyman David Rible, adding that he is "pleased that the men and women who do this important work on our roads and bridges will be back to work."
Democrat Paul Sarlo did not issue a statement but tweeted:
Both the Senate and Assembly will schedule committee hearings and voting sessions Wednesday. Presuming it has the bipartisan support needed to pass, it would quickly get to Christie’s desk. The hike in the gas tax would take effect immediately.