New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy

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Murphy, Menendez slam Cuomo's congestion pricing: It's 'on the backs of New Jerseyans'

March 29, 2019 - 4:16 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) --  New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, both Democrats, are fuming over New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to implement congestion pricing for vehicles entering parts of Manhattan via bridge and tunnel crossings.

It's a proposal now wrapped up in state budget negotiations.

Murphy told reporters Friday afternoon that having New Jersey commuters pay congestion pricing is "not constructive, particularly for those who take the George Washington Bridge. By all accounts, and again, this a plan that is being put together still as we speak, it looks like the Holland and Lincoln tunnel will be included and the George Washington Bridge will not be and that’s unacceptable."

He continued, "It’s double taxation which we can’t envision, so that needs to be included and I hope somewhere in here when they whack all of this money out some of it gets invested to relieve the burden New Jerseyans have."

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Menendez, who was with Murphy, echoed the governor's sentiments.

"New Jerseyans should not have to pay twice, of paying a toll and then paying congestion pricing and New York should not be doing a good part of what they need to do over on the New York side on the backs on New Jerseyans, so I strongly stand with the governor," Menendez said. 

He added, "We need to make it a very clear message whether it’s the Lincoln Tunnel or the Hudson Tunnel or the GW or any other trans-Hudson crossing we’re paying big fees and tolls already, we need not pay anymore toward congestion pricing.  And hopefully Governor Cuomo understands that that’s going to be the result that I expect."

In terms of expressing their disdain for congestion pricing with Cuomo, Murphy said,  "My guess is we will have a series of discussions."

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