TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democrats have moved ahead to repeal toll increases earmarked for a commuter rail tunnel that’s not being built.
The Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday voted 3-2 to cancel toll hikes on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway that begin next year.READ MORE: Bloomfield High School Senior David Odekunle, Who Grew Up In Nigeria, Receives Acceptance Letters From 7 Ivy Leagues Schools: 'It's Like A Once-In-A-Lifetime Feeling'
The $1.25 billion in toll revenue was designated to help fund the tunnel under the Hudson River.
Gov. Chris Christie stopped the tunnel because of cost overruns he said could’ve added billions to the $8.7 billion tab. He redirected the money to other highway, bridge and rail projects.READ MORE: Officials Say Long Island Rail Road Is 'Safer, Cleaner, More Reliable' Than Ever As They Beg Riders To Return
Democrats on the panel say the Turnpike Authority should hold hearings before diverting toll money.
Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak says partisan politics are at play. He says terms of prior bond sales counted on the toll revenue and can’t be rolled back.
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