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Webber wants to strip governor of gas tax hike power

Assemblyman says he is drafting legislation

By David Wildstein, August 31 2018 11:39 am

Assemblyman Jay Webber wants to take away the governor’s ability to automatically trigger an increase in the gas tax without the consent of the Legislature.

“I stood up to Chris Christie and fought against this tax and now I’m going to stand up to Phil Murphy and do the same,” said Webber. “This is a raw deal for the taxpayers of New Jersey who are already carrying the heaviest tax burden in the nation.  “Guess why we sold less gas in New Jersey than projected – because our prices at the pump aren’t all that much cheaper than those in New York and Pennsylvania anymore.  And more tax hikes won’t solve that problem, it will make it worse.””

Webber is seeking to link Murphy’s decision to trigger the 4 cents per gallon increase to his Democratic opponent in the race for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district, Mikie Sherrill.

The five-term GOP Assemblyman says he is drafting legislation to change the 2016 law that he voted against.  His announcement comes days after Sherrill won the endorsements of two major building trades unions that heavily supported the gas tax.

“It’s clearer every day – the choice in this election is between a run-of-the-mill tax-hiking liberal in Mikie Sherrill, and a tax cutter in Jay Webber.  The most overtaxed people in the nation will choose the tax cutter in November,” said Webber campaign spokesman Harrison Neely.

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