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State Sen. Declan O'Scanlon (R-Little Silver). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Legislators seek halt to toll increases during health crisis

By David Wildstein, March 28 2020 1:58 pm

Three Monmouth County legislators want the state to hit the pause button on hearings and plans to hike tolls on the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike during the coronavirus crisis.

“We are in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic that threatens our health and economy – now is not the time for Trenton to conduct ‘business as usual’ across the state and push through this unneeded policy while everyone is distracted,” said State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver), Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Holmdel) and Assemblyman Gerald Scharfenberger (R-Middletown).

The Republican lawmakers said a toll increase “is not only highly inappropriate, but egregious to continue these controversial and costly plans that will only serve to increase the hardships New Jerseyans are bearing which will undoubtedly only grow over the coming months.”

“We should not and cannot increase the weight they are carrying. So let’s be clear and pull these proposals right now,” the legislators said.

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