Voters approve Ballot Question No. 2. to use gas tax for transportation costs

Democrat Josh Gottheimer defeats incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Garrett in 5th District.

Democrat Josh Gottheimer defeats incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Garrett in 5th District. (11/9/16)

EDISON - New Jersey voters said yes to a question asking whether every penny of the state's 37.5-cent per gallon gas tax should go exclusively to transportation costs.

The question of creating a so-called constitutional "lockbox" was viewed as a no-brainer by most lawmakers, but Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno recently came out opposed to the question.

She argues a yes vote amounts to a rubber stamp on $12 billion in state borrowing over eight years. The borrowing is part of a deal reached between Republican Gov. Chris Christie and the Democrat-led Legislature to raise the gas tax by 23 cents, cut other taxes and pay for transportation costs.

The ballot question did not mention the borrowing, which instead is contained in the legislation Christie signed into law.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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