Gov. Phil Murphy indicated his support for a $4.7 billion plan to widen the 8-mile stretch of the New Jersey Turnpike between Newark Bay and the Holland Tunnel despite resistance from elected officials and activists in Jersey City and Hoboken.
“It’s quite ambitious and it’s needed and it’s in the capital plan,” Murphy said during an appearance on News 12 New Jersey on Monday.
This puts Murphy squarely on the side of construction trades unions and other advocating for the project, despite local opposition from Hudson County municipalities.
“This expansion. when it comes to conclusion, will allow cars that will increasingly be electric vehicles. It’ll be a dramatic increase even between beginning construction and concluding construction, mind what five or ten years or generation looks like from now,” Murphy said. “It’s where the world is headed.”
Murphy also pledged to fight New York City’s plan to adopt congestion pricing that could cost New Jerseyans an estimated $5,000 annually.
“We’re not going to take it out of the hide of New Jersey commuters. That’s just not going to happen,” he said. “You can’t have it where Jersey commuters through the Lincoln and the Holland are treated in one way commuters over the GW are treated another way.”
The governor applauded Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), who has led the fight against congestion pricing.
“I remain optimistic that we’re going to get to a positive resolution on this, but if we have to we’ll take the steps we don’t want to take but we will take to protect our commuters,” Murphy said.