New Jersey officials prepare to fight New York’s congestion pricing plan

Gov. Phil Murphy will lead a lawsuit against the MTA, likely alleging the federal government skipped a full environmental review of the project.

Matt Trapani

Jun 28, 2023, 11:38 PM

Updated 350 days ago

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The battle over New York’s congestion pricing plan is heading to court. Gov. Phil Murphy has hired high-profile attorneys to bring a case against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's plan to raise tolls anywhere from $9 to $23 for those crossing from New Jersey into Manhattan.
The MTA says that the tax will help decrease traffic and support mass transit in New York City.
“We’re here to celebrate,” MTA CEO Janno Lieber said after federal authorities greenlighted the plan.
Lieber was celebrating the billions of dollars his agency is expected to get as soon as next spring thanks to the higher tolls impacting drivers from New Jersey and the outer boroughs.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said that it was a great day for New York.
“Millions of New Yorkers will lead happier, safer, less stressful lives. This day was coming for a long time,” she said.
But New Jersey lawmakers are not happy, and they’re preparing a two-pronged approach to fight the plan.
Murphy will lead a lawsuit against the MTA, likely alleging the federal government skipped a full environmental review of the project.
New Jersey’s congressional members will work to punish the MTA, in the hopes of getting the policy rolled back.
In a statement, Democratic Rep. Mikie Sherrill wrote, "This decision is a slap in the face of every New Jersey commuter who powers the city's economy and every New Jersey resident whose local roads will soon be overwhelmed with rerouted traffic…I am going to do everything I can to encourage New York-based companies to relocate to the Garden State.”
Lieber says that congestion pricing will help everyone in the long run.
“Congestion pricing means less traffic, better transit, cleaner air and safer streets,” he said.
But Sherrill says that not a single dollar will go to New Jersey or New Jersey Transit.
The attorneys Murphy hired include Craig Carpenito, who was former President Donald Trump’s choice for U.S. attorney for New Jersey, and Randy Mastro, who produced the $9 million report after Bridgegate that said former Gov. Chris Christie was not involved in the scandal.


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