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U.S. Senator Bob Menendez on July 22, 2022. (Photo: Twitter).

Menendez says N.J. ready to take on N.Y. over congestion pricing

By Ashley Gallagher, July 22 2021 4:16 pm

As the debate over Congestion Pricing continues to interest New Jersey commuters, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez says that New Jersey is perfectly capable of reciprocating to the New York economy with actions and revenue like city tax, other tolls and supporting small businesses.

“We have plenty of New Yorkers in reverse commutes to New Jersey doing work here. We don’t want to get into that,” Menendez said. “Let’s continue to work regionally together to achieve our mutual goals.”

His remarks come after Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg stated she wants a “unified front” from New York, New Jersey and federal governments and called it an “unfair” system.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) also condemns the Congestion Pricing saying that New York views New Jersey as an “ATM machine.”

Gottheimer, State Sen. Joseph Lagana (D-Paramus), and Assemblyman Christopher Tully (D-Bergenfield) back a legislation that would charge non-New Jersey residence a toll on tunnels and bridges crossing the Hudson that would be set aside to help commuters pay for the New York Congestion Pricing, if approved.

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