New Jersey proposes charging out-of-state drivers to offset NYC ‘congestion’ toll
Some New Jersey lawmakers want to charge out-of-state motorists to help blunt the impact of New York’s plan to charge an extra toll for entering midtown Manhattan.
The lawmakers have proposed legislation that would charge out-of-state motorists a sales tax, likely through E-ZPass, when they cross into New York from New Jersey.
The money would go into a fund to reimburse New Jersey motorists paying the extra toll in New York.
"Every dollar that is collected will go to a new congestion tax relief fund to help New Jersey commuters getting whacked by New York’s…congestion tax. Every year, this fund will help New Jersey's hardworking families cover this new absurd Manhattan moocher congestion tax,” says Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer.
Some New Jersey drivers could pay an additional $3,000 a year under New York's plan, referred to as congestion pricing.
New York would be the first American city to implement it and would use the revenue to shore up its aging subway system.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.