New Jersey lawmakers clash over Ballot Question No. 2

Some of New Jersey’s leaders are clashing over whether or not to support a question on the November ballot, and it’s leaving many residents confused.

New Jersey's lawmakers are clashing over the fate

New Jersey's lawmakers are clashing over the fate of the state's gas tax money. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

TRENTON - Some of New Jersey’s leaders are clashing over whether or not to support a question on the November ballot, and it’s leaving many residents confused.

Ballot Question No. 2 refers to the state’s gas tax and where that money will go. The question asks, "Do you approve amending the Constitution to dedicate all revenue from the State motor fuels tax and petroleum products gross receipts tax to the Transportation Trust Fund?"

Those who say to vote “Yes” on the question, including New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney, say that it is the only way to keep the gas tax money for transportation projects only.

But Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno says the question will also authorize officials to borrow up to $12 billion more for the transportation fund, putting the state in further debt. Guadagno had led the charge on Twitter and in interviews to urge voters to vote No.

Sweeney says that the lieutenant governor doesn’t have a funding plan of her own.

"She's been silent for seven years watching this administration raid the Turnpike Authority, the Parkway, the bridge, the toll hikes, and stood by silently when all these authorities raised tolls, which…is a tax on commuters,” Sweeney says. “To all of a sudden now say she's against this, she's a little bit late."

The ballot question does not have a direct effect on the gas tax hike, which went into effect Nov. 1.

State records show that supporters of the amendment have put nearly $1.6 million behind the effort. The Election Law Enforcement Commission on Wednesday published reports showing a labor-business group called Forward NJ has raised about $636,000 in support of the question. That's in addition to nearly $1 million from the Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative in support of the question.

Gov. Christie is also a supporter of the plan. His office says that Guadagno must misunderstand the issue.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A North Jersey Coast Line train struck a 1 Family escapes car before it's hit by train
VIDEO: Sneak peek at new Seaside Heights roller 2 VIDEO: Sneak peek of new Seaside Heights roller coaster
VIDEO: Deal reached on Rockland sheriff's deputies contract 3 VIDEO: Deal reached on Rockland sheriff's deputies contract
VIDEO: Yonkers Mayor Spano delivers State of the 4 VIDEO: Yonkers Mayor Spano delivers State of the City address, Part 1
The HYDRUS roller coaster is nearing completion at 5 Crews conduct test runs of new Casino Pier roller coaster

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

New Jersey residents will get to choose how Gas tax hike: What does Ballot Question No. 2 mean?

New Jersey will see a 23-cent gas tax increase starting Nov. 1 after a bill

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Gov. Chris Christie Lt. Gov. Guadagno, Gov. Christie split on gas tax measure

Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has come out against a measure Republican Gov. Chris Christie

Leon Balagula changes the price for the gasoline No more cheap gas in New Jersey as gas tax hike takes effect

The days of cheap gas in New Jersey are over.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE