There is considerable ongoing rumbling in the Assembly Democratic caucus room concerning how to proceed with a Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) tax.
Nursing a devious sense of political humor, leading members of the caucus want to proceed with advancing the tax to Governor Chris Christie’s desk during November’s lame duck session. The move would conceivably embarrass Christie, who has been receptive to the discussion in the past but who as a national Republican candidate for president has signed a “no new tax pledge.”
Right now, the only impediment for Democrats is lack of uniformity about the tax, and whether it would be five or ten percent or more.
There is also the ongoing consideration of whether Christie – limping in national polls – will even be a candidate in time to embarrass him with a TTF bill during lame duck.