NJ Politics Digest: Will NJ Drivers Get a Congestion Pricing Break?

The New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge.
The New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge. Andrew Burton/Getty Images

So has New Jersey reached an agreement with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to exempt New Jersey drivers who pay to cross the Hudson River from New York City’s congestion pricing plan?

The Record reports that Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday announced that he and Cuomo had reached a “conceptual understanding” that would exempt drivers who pay tolls for the Lincoln and Holland tunnels as well as the George Washington Bridge from also paying the controversial congestion charge.

But that was news to Pat Foye, chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which will ultimately benefit from the pricing scheme. Foye on Wednesday bluntly said he had “no idea what (Murphy) is talking about,” according to the Record.

Murphy conceded that the MTA will have final say over who receives exemptions from the congestion plan, but promised that the state “will have a seat at the table” as planning for the fee moves forward, and assured drivers using the river crossings they “can breathe a little easier.”

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NJ Politics Digest: Will NJ Drivers Get a Congestion Pricing Break?