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

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

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.

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's lawmakers are clashing over the fate NJ lawmakers clash over Ballot Question No. 2

Some of New Jersey’s leaders are clashing over whether or not to support a question

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