Gov. Christie says toll increases were a surprise

BELMAR - Governor Chris Christie says he didn't find out until last Wednesday about the plan to raise the tolls between New Jersey and New York.

The governor called claims he knew about it before the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey informed him a week ago "speculation." But Democrats say it seems impossible that Christie would have been kept in the dark.

The Port Authority announced plans Friday to hike fares on bridges and tunnels between the two states by $4 in September. An additional $2 increase is planned for 2014.

Christie or New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo could veto the proposal, but neither has announced a decision.

Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico says security projects would be scaled back or deferred without the increases.

The Port Authority has scheduled seven public hearings on the plan in advance of a vote by the agency's board of commissioners on August 19.

Some suspect toll hikes are to pay Port Authority salaries Commuters upset over proposed Port Authority toll hikes Commuters, residents fume over proposed toll hikes

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