TRENTON – “Yes, to the TTF!” these laborers chanted as they made their way into the Statehouse Annex and flooded the subterranean passages of the State Capitol.
But it was not to be as the senate session came and went without lawmakers considering the swap of a 23 gas tax hike for a one percent sales tax reduction to replenish the depleted coffers of the TTF (Transportation Trust Fund).
There’s just enough money in the TTF now for the state to limp into August as lawmakers consider some kind of compromise.
“He’s auditioning,” a source told PolitickerNJ, referring to Gov. Chris Christie’s sales tax gamble just weeks before the Republican National Convention.
But the fact that the fiscal year 2017 budget sat on the governor’s desk opened up horse trading possibilities in relation to the TTF plan. Might Christie agree not to subtract a Democratic sacred cow (pen/ben?) in exchange for senate support for the plan? As senators headed out of the Statehouse, however, a source close to the process said he did not expect any such trading.