“They can change their minds but they can’t change me,
I got a dream, I got a dream;
Oh, I know I could share it if you’d want me to.
Movin’ me down the highway, rollin’ me down the highway.”
Jim Croce: I Got A Name
Transportation Commissioner Simpson’s halt of state-funded road construction projects announced on Friday was ended yesterday. The Star Ledger reported, “Construction workers, engineers and planners will return to work Tuesday.” This followed Simpson’s appearance before an emergency meeting of the Legislative Joint Budget Oversight Committee.
Democrats have been concerned over the failure of the governor to provide a plan to replenish the almost broke Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) – one bound to be controversial. The Record reported that Treasurer Andrew Eristoff said at the hearing, “the governor has ruled out raising the gas tax as part of his plan.” Nonetheless, Commissioner Simpson said the administration would have a solution by the end of the year. With that promise the budget committee voted to approve new financing for current transportation projects.
But does Chrisie really have a plan and is it broadly based enough to garner support? And will he hold hostage the important Hudson River Tunnel project until he presents his plan? Perhaps he seeks to end the tunnel project and transfer monies to the TTF. As suggested in Hopeful’s diary and reported in the NY Times there appears to be a movement toward some states putting a brake on rail service projects because of high costs. The governor has been promising a long-term solution for the TTF ever since he has been in office.
Sounding like Christie, Jim Croce sings, “They can’t change me, I got a dream… I could share it if you’d want me to.” But Croce does not reveal his dream. Our governor changes only rarely, and we are still waiting for him to tell us his dream.