MONTCLAIR, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Advocates for transportation upgrades got the chance to state their case before New Jersey lawmakers Wednesday.
The Assembly’s Transportation Committee held a hearing in Montclair on how the state should replenish its Transportation Trust Fund.READ MORE: 11-Year-Old New Jersey Girl Sews Custom Hospital Gowns For Pediatric Cancer Patients
The issue has become one of New Jersey’s main political conundrums.
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President Tom Bracken called it the most important public issue in the state, saying that spending more on transportation could spark the economy, provide jobs, improve safety and reduce commuting times.
“We were supposed to have $1.8 billion in the last five years as pay-as-you-go. We’ve only put in $65 million,” Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney.