Christie Announces NJ Transportation Fund Fix

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has laid out a plan to fund state road and bridge projects for the next five years.

The plan calls for spending $1.6 billion a year, the same amount that is currently spent. The fund was due to run out of money in June.

The money will come from several sources, including $2.6 billion in new borrowing and an unspecified amount the state had set aside for a new commuter rail tunnel into Manhattan. Christie scrapped the tunnel in October, saying the state couldn’t afford potential cost overruns.

Christie’s transportation funding plan decreases borrowing over time and increases pay-as-you-go funding.

Repairs to the Pulaski Skyway in northern New Jersey are among the many projects planned.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • paul brennan

    Borrowing is better than raising the gas tax in which not all of the funds go to road improvements.

  • dave felder

    More borrowing is not a solution to the transportation fund situation.

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