With the support of Gov. Chris Christie, Jamie Fox is on the fast track to get back to the Department of Transportation (DOT). The question is why?
Sources agree the Democrat – a former Jim McGreevey DOT commissioner – is the best and most knowledgable person to sell what ultimately amounts to a gas tax (one that hits the refineries harder than the consumers) in an effort to replenish the state Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).
Powerful Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), a likely 2017 gubernatorial candidate, has made the TTF a driving mission, particularly in recent weeks.
Labor obviously wants it funded, as it seeks roads and bridges jobs.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source today told PolitickerNJ that while the details of how to fund the TTF are as yet unknown, and stopped short of admitting outright that it will be a gas tax, whatever plan it is it in the end, the veteran Fox will be able to package it and sell it.