NJ Politics Digest: High Gas Tax Leads to Need for Even Higher Gas Tax

The Trump administration argues better fuel economy equals more driver deaths.

New Jersey’s gas tax goes up again Monday. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The people who live in New Jersey have no choice but to pay the state’s exorbitant taxes.
The people from out-of-state? Not so much.

That’s the conclusion of AAA, which says hiking the state gas tax in November 2016 prompted out-of-state motorists to fill up elsewhere, according to a report by NJ101.5.

The automobile agency looked at the total pool of taxable gasoline purchased in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware and concluded New Jersey’s share of sales shrank from an average of 43.68 percent to 41.98 percent. That’s 17.7 million gallons less per month, from 2016 to 2017, according to the NJ101.5 report. Meanwhile, gas sales in Pennsylvania and Delaware rose.

The law raising the gas tax in 2016 also permits the state to raise the tax if revenue falls. Gov. Phil Murphy has approved raising the tax by 4.3 cents per gallon on Monday, saying: “It is what it is.”

With the state now having one of the higher gas taxes in the nation, AAA doesn’t expect taking on additional charges will lead to significant changes in drivers’ gas buying habits, the report said.

Quote of the Day: “cory booker brin(g)ing her coffee, thats a guy running for prez.” — A Twitter user reacting to the New Jersey senator bring coffee to Christine Blasey Ford during her testimony Thursday.

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NJ Politics Digest: High Gas Tax Leads to Need for Even Higher Gas Tax