23-cents-per gal­lon gas tax hike takes ef­fect Nov. 1

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES - By Michael Catal­ini

New Jersey’s low gas prices are about to get more ex­pen­sive af­ter Repub­li­can Gov. Chris Christie on Fri­day signed leg­is­la­tion rais­ing the gas tax by 23 cents per gal­lon, from the 49th high­est in the na­tion to the sixth, to pay for an ex­pired trans­porta­tion trust fund.

The gas tax, though, is still lower than the gas tax in neigh­bor­ing New York and Penn­syl­va­nia. The hike is set to go into ef­fect Nov. 1.

Christie also re­scinded an or­der that shut down trans­porta­tion projects in the state. He first is­sued the or­der when the trans­porta­tion trust fund ex­pired months ago.

The leg­is­la­tion signed by Christie raises the gas tax from 14.5 cents per gal­lon to 37.5 cents per gal­lon while cut­ting the sales and es­tate taxes. It also of­fers tax cred­its to vet­er­ans and for poorer res­i­dents.

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