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North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, left, and Union City Mayor Brian Stack. Both are Democratic state senators. (Photo: New Jersey Senate Majority Office).

Sacco, Stack announce deal on turnpike toll relief

By Joey Fox, January 06 2022 4:03 pm

State Sens. Nicholas Sacco (D-North Bergen) and Brian Stack (D-Union City), who both simultaneously serve as mayors of their hometowns, announced a deal this morning that will roll back a recent New Jersey Turnpike fare rise for some Hudson County residents.

Under the toll increase, drivers travelling on the turnpike from Newark Airport to Secaucus pay an additional $2, a dramatic increase for drivers from North Bergen, Union City, Secaucus, Guttenberg, West New York, and Fairview. The deal reached by Sacco and Stack with the Turnpike Authority will give a EZ-Pass discount to residents of those towns, returning the fare to its prior rate.

“I would like to thank the Turnpike Authority for being receptive to our concerns and reversing this policy that created what amounts to an unfair additional tax on my constituents,” Sacco said in a statement. “Especially in these uncertain economic times when inflation is causing prices to rise, the last thing residents need is higher tolls for the same trips they have been taking for years.”

The deal is expected to be voted into effect by the Turnpike Authority board in Spring 2022.

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