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Gov.-elect Chris Christie doesn’t want to “tie the hands of his incoming NJ DOT and NJ Transit chiefs” when it comes to raising fees on mass transit riders. Having a sustainable Transportation Trust fund on the other hand, not so much.
Gov.-elect Chris Christie, who has railed against New Jersey’s mix of high taxes, fees and tolls, today would not rule out raising fares on NJ Transit trains and buses as he introduced two of his transportation policymakers. …[H]e said that would tie the hands of James Weinstein, named today as executive director of the transit agency, as he tackles its budget.
Yet, he still insists on tying the hands of policymakers in creating a fair Transportation policy for NJ by refusing to consider raising the gas tax.
Christie reiterated his vow not to raise the gas tax to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund, a state account for road and transit projects that officials say will run out of money by 2011.
While we’ve seen many examples of Christie’s hypocrisy and impossible inconsistencies in his campaign promises. Get ready to add this one to the list.