U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-5th District, called for bipartisan infrastructure legislation Friday that would provide job-creating investments to fix New Jersey's failing roads, bridges and railways.
Gottheimer made his plea from the Ridgewood Park-and-Ride ahead of President Trump’s planned infrastructure announcement.
The lawmaker said infrastructure investment is one of the greatest economic multipliers.
“We know that for every dollar we invest in infrastructure, we generate three dollars in output gains,” Gottheimer said. “If we make these necessary improvements in New Jersey to our roads, bridges, and tunnels and cut our taxes and unnecessary regulations, we will have the competitive advantage and entice more jobs and businesses to come, not just to our country, but to our state and to do business with us.”
Gottheimer said his plan would modernize the formulas for federal funding for infrastructure projects, so “moocher states” stop robbing New Jersey’s tax dollars for critical projects in New Jersey.
“States like New Jersey that pay more in federal tax dollars deserve and should expect to get more back in investment,” he said. “The plan would also boost New Jersey’s return on investment via grant programs, get the Gateway Tunnel back on track, support the bipartisan infrastructure report put forth by the Problem Solvers Caucus and provide job-creating investments to fix New Jersey's crumbling roads, bridges, and rails and spur economic growth.”
Sean Hughes, director of corporate affairs, North America, for Coach USA, said he welcomed the proposed improvements to transportation infrastructure. Paramus-based Coach USA transports more than 40 million people per year.
“We take roads and the safety of our customers as our top priority,” Hughes said. “Therefore, critical infrastructure improvements are welcome.”