EDISON - Commuters are fuming after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved higher Hudson River crossing fares and tolls today.

Several PATH train riders say although the fare increase is just 25 cents a year for the next four years, it amounts to 50 cents more a day in an economy where every penny counts.

Gov. Christie acknowledged the difficulty these increases will cause for commuters, but says there also has to be a balanced approach. The governor says debts need to be paid, the World Trade Center needs to be rebuilt and trains and bridges needed to be maintained.

Port Authority board raises tolls, fares