Christie won’t rule out toll hikes

LAWRENCE – Gov. Chris Christie said today he has been in regular communication with N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo regarding the proposed toll hike by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

He refused to rule out a toll hike, adding that Tuesday’s public hearings showed more people were in support of the hikes than against them. That is because people know the hikes will create jobs and help fund much-needed infrastructure improvements, he said.

“You don’t get anything for nothing,” he said.

The governor dismissed an assertion that he was softening the ground for a toll hike when he said earlier in a press conference today that people will have to “grudgingly accept” the authority’s final decision.

“I’m talking reality,” he said.

The governor added he will have to find the middle ground between unions who overwhelmingly support the hike because it will create jobs and commuters who fear another user tax.

“I got to square those and I will,” he said. “We will do it in a bipartisan way.”

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Christie won’t rule out toll hikes