Eleven business and labor groups are telling Gov. Phil Murphy to continue his support of infrastructure battles as a way of putting people to work after the New Jersey survives the coronavirus pandemic.
The organizations — Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative 825, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, Road to Repair, New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, New Jersey Association of Counties, New Jersey Asphalt Pavement Association, Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey, Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey, New Jersey Concrete and Aggregate Association, and the Southern New Jersey Development Council – want Murphy to back proposed capital plans for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the South Jersey Transportation Authority —
“As we persevere through the COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly urge the Governor and his administration to stand fast in their plan to support upgrading New Jersey’s critical infrastructure,” stated Greg Lalevee, business manager of IUOE825 and chairman of ELEC825. “While infrastructure investment always has been inextricably linked to job expansion and economic growth, that investment now is more critical than at any point in our lifetime.”
Tom Bracken, the president of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, said that “Moving forward with the $24 billion capital plan proposed by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority is exactly that type of forward-thinking and the kind of investment that can help the state economically after this pandemic.”
“This will provide funding for vital improvements and long overdue expansion for both the Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway,” Bracken said. “Yet it also will be one of the sparks to reignite our economy.”