Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) unveiled new legislation today aimed at preventing New York City from enforcing its proposed congestion tax on New Jersey drivers.
Under the city’s congestion pricing plan, which was passed by the state two years ago but delayed for various reasons since then, nearly all streets below 60th Street in Manhattan would become part of a new tolling zone, with the money collected going towards improving the city’s public transportation system. New Jersey’s mass transportation systems, such as PATH and NJ Transit, would not receive any of the funding.
Gottheimer’s legislation, the Anti-Congestion Tax Act, halts federal investment grants from going to the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) until New Jersey drivers are granted exemptions from the tax, and directs the IRS to give New Jersey drivers a tax credit equal to the amount they paid in congestion pricing.
“The relationship between New York and New Jersey is a driving economic force, not only in the country, but in the world,” Gottheimer said in a statement. “Our states are deeply intertwined, and it is tradition for New York and New Jersey to work together. That is why the proposed $3,000 a year congestion tax is such a slap in the face to New Jersey commuters.”
The legislation is not the first time Gottheimer has come out in opposition to congestion pricing. In May, he proposed legislation with Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) that would ban congestion taxes until studies were conducted on the “impacts and consequences congestion pricing will have on workers, residents and businesses.”