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Murphy frustrated at higher gas tax but says it's needed

August 31, 2018 - 4:38 pm

VINELAND, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says that though he doesn't like raising "any tax," a new 4.3-cent per gallon gas tax increase is needed to keep the state's infrastructure fund afloat.

The first-term Democratic governor also said Friday that he's frustrated that the gas tax is going up by more than 10 percent but that he inherited the law that led to the new increase.

Murphy spoke after a school ribbon-cutting in Vineland. His comments came a day after his administration announced the increase to 41.4 cents per gallon.

The hike goes into effect Oct. 1 and stems from a 2016 law to fund projects for bridges, roads and tunnels.

It's the second time the gas tax has gone up since 2016, when it stood at 14.5 cents per gallon.