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Pain at the pump: New Jersey raises gas tax by 4.3 cents

October 01, 2018 - 6:21 am

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Beginning Monday there will be more pain at the pump in New Jersey.

Taxes on gasoline sold in the state will rise 4.3 cents per gallon.

“This is great,” one driver joked when he learned about the increase. “They really try to get more money out of the pockets, this is crazy.”

“So they now they want us to burn more gas and not conserve? I never know what to think with this government," said John from New Jersey.

In 2016, New Jersey raised the gas tax by 23 cents per gallon to fund road and rail projects. State officials said they have to raise it again because people aren’t buying as much gas as they expected.

However, commuters in Jersey City disagreed.

“I don't think people are buying less gasoline,” one driver said. “Seems to be more cars on the road than ever before.”

“Whenever the state needs money, they make an excuse to need money and they just take it out on the people that are already paying ridiculous taxes in New Jersey,” another commuter said.

The tax increase comes just as AAA Mid-Atlantic announced the average price of a gallon of regular gas had dropped by two cents in the state.