Assembly Transportation Chairman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville) says his committee will hold a hearing next Thursday to discuss Gov. Christopher Christie’s plan to reduce the state’s subsidies to New Jersey Transit as part of an effort to deal with New Jersey’s $2 billion budget deficit.
Christie’s proposal is to cut state aid to New Jersey Transit by $32.7 million.
“Governor Christie’s plan will a have wide-ranging negative impact and may well equate to a hefty tax increase on lower- and middle-class New Jerseyans who have no other choice but to rely on NJ Transit to get to work,” said Wisniewski, who is also the Democratic State Chairman. “This would also lead to more highway congestion and impair smartly planned economic development around transportation centers.”
The hearing is scheduled for 10 AM Thursday in Trenton and will be streamed live at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.
“Clearly, taxing our commuters and derailing public transit raises many questions and we’re going to try to get some answers,” Wisniewski said. “The public has been denied a transparent debate on this but we’re going to do our job properly and examine this questionable plan.”