Gov. Phil Murphy has vetoed the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s 2024 price range, a choice that delays a deliberate 3% toll enhance.
The Democratic governor introduced his resolution in a social media submit Thursday, indicating he was not happy with the justification for the elevated demise toll included within the company’s $2.6 billion price range. Murphy stated he needs extra details about why the rise is required.
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Members of the authority’s board of administrators voted 6-0 to approve the price range on Tuesday. The company operates the Backyard State Parkway and Turnpike.
Tom Finney, a spokesman for the company, stated the company “respects” Murphy’s resolution.
“We’ll roll up our sleeves and begin gathering the knowledge he wants,” Finney stated.
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Murphy’s resolution to stop the demise toll from rising comes as voting within the midterm legislative elections has already begun and Democrats hope to keep up their majority. It additionally comes simply two days after Democratic leaders within the Meeting and Senate publicly referred to as on Murphy to veto the authority’s decision as a result of “New Jersey households have been struggling the results of inflation.”
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Throughout his tv present Thursday, Murphy stated his veto resolution was not politically motivated. The governor described the veto interval as a reprieve and stated he would analyze the info and make an knowledgeable resolution.