Christie acknowledges proposed Port Authority toll hike will have scant support among commuters

MOUNT LAUREL – Gov. Chris Christie said today he expects scant support for the 50 percent toll hike proposed by the Port Authority.

“I’m sure there will be very few people getting up saying, ‘Hey I like to pay more,’” he said during a bill signing in Mount Laurel.

Nonetheless, he said Tuesday’s public hearings will serve as a sounding board for various interest groups to present their case.

He stressed the need to look at all sides of the issue, particularly the need to have more revenues available to move projects forward and provide jobs for many.

“This is a balancing act,” he said. “It’s a multi-layered decision.”

He said construction of the new World Trade Center is $2 billion over budget. Much of the funding comes from tolls.

Christie said he and N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, along with their staffs, are working together “to get to the bottom of this.”

“We’ll get to a conclusion that is right,” he said.

 

Christie acknowledges proposed Port Authority toll hike will have scant support among commuters