NJ Democrats seek Port Authority toll hikes delay

Democratic lawmakers continue to press the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to suspend a second round of toll hikes scheduled for later

FORT LEE - Democratic lawmakers continue to press the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to suspend a second round of toll hikes scheduled for later this year.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9th District) and state lawmakers held a news conference in Fort Lee near the George Washington Bridge to discuss the issue.

With the Port Authority in the middle of self-ordered audit, Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-37th District) suggested the agency wait until its completion before raising tolls.

"I would say that any manager would suggest you have the audit first and find out where you can save money. Then you do the toll hike," said Weinberg.

The agency raised tolls by 50 percent for cash customers last fall in the first of five scheduled annual increases. The toll to cross the Hudson River is currently between $9 and $12, depending on payment method.

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