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Gottheimer calls for fixes to NJ's transportation infrastructure

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From left, Luis Rodriguez, general manager of Shortline Bus; Steve Hamm, president of the Transport Workers Union of America Local 229; and U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-5th District.
From left, Luis Rodriguez, general manager of Shortline Bus; Steve Hamm, president of the Transport Workers Union of America Local 229; and U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-5th District. - ()

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.”

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David Hutter


David Hutter grew up in Darien, Connecticut, and covers higher education, transportation, and economic development for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com

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Marlboro Mann February 9, 2018 4:46 pm

Whenever a NJ Democrat calls for fixing a major project, you know someone is going to pay with higher gas taxes, income taxes, tolls, or surcharges. Of course if NJ's two do nothing Senators took time out defending illegal aliens and focused on helping the citizenry, it would be a whole different story.

Dimitri February 10, 2018 8:25 am

Public Sector unions cannot be held accountable for results. Even if an employee commits murder they will not be fired or lose their benefits. Is it any surprise how much money they collect in tolls every day and there's no money to maintain the roads and bridges that the unions feed off of?

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