NJ lawmaker wants to raise state's gas taxPosted: Updated:
A New Jersey lawmaker is arguing that raising the gas tax is the best way to cut the state's deficit.Assemblyman John Wisniewski wants the state to double its gas tax. By doing that, he claims there will be enough money to fix bridges and roadways in the Garden State without having to borrow anything.New Jersey currently has the lowest average price of gas in the country, with a gallon of regular gas averaging $2.94. A study from earlier this year reported the state has the third lowest gas tax in the United States at 14.5 cents a gallon. The state's transportation commissioner says the gas tax would have to hit 58 cents a gallon for there to be enough money to pay for the repairs.Gov. Jon Corzine (D- N.J.) has insisted the solution to lowering New Jersey's deficit is to raise tolls.