Bergen County residents could be among the hardest hit if New York gets its way and enforces congestion pricing on New Jersey commuters, a proposal that has a mighty opponent, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg.
“We need a unified front from all our federal officials, U.S. Senate, Congress, joined by all of our leaders of our state,” said Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg. “More than once over the last several years we had to remind Governor Cuomo that this is a big workforce that goes into New York and provides an educated, and talented workforce and pays taxes to New York.”
The pricing plan intends to add a surcharge for travel into or out of Manhattan’s business district that is supposed to decrease traffic during peak business hours. This would add an extra toll to midtown that would charge people for driving through.
The Metropolitan Transport Authority is required to speak with state officials in New Jersey and Connecticut about the pricing but have not spoken to any New Jersey representatives yet, according to published reports.
“It was set up in such a way that, in particular, North Jersey, will have to pay a certain amount in congestion pricing that other people who commute in car and other ways won’t have to pay. It is not a fair system,” said Weinberg.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), joined by State Sen. Joseph Lagana (D-Paramus) and Christopher Tully (D-Bergenfield), are backing legislation that would allow New Jersey to charge a sales tax on tolls of tunnels and bridges crossing the Hudson for non-New Jersey residents if the New York congestion pricing plan is approved.