AFP state director Erica Jedynak explained that the thrust of today’s rally was to “sending a thunderous message to politicians under the dome that if they raise the gas tax—if they fail to be fiscally responsible on this issue—they will be held accountable.”
“A regressive, 25-cents per gallon hike at the pump is going to hurt New Jersey families, hurt job creators and hurt our economy,” Jedynak continued, “yet Trenton continues to turn a deaf ear to these concerns. Rest assured, if lawmakers pass a gas tax hike, especially without enacting reforms, their ears will be ringing in the aftermath of their vote.”
“More legislators should be standing with Sen. Beck by showing the courage to advocate for reforms and propose ideas that will ensure our infrastructure needs are addressed without further burdening New Jersey taxpayers.”
In recent weeks, AFP has escalated efforts to stop the gas tax hike, taking to the web and radio with several ads to drive public opposition and pressure lawmakers. The first web ad, “Save Sparky”, drew 279,000 views on Facebook alone.
A second web ad brings attention to the Department of Transportation’s bungling of the reconstruction of Route 35, a project which will cost taxpayers $27 million per mile, including paying contractors to sit idle. Both web ads and AFP’s gas tax action letter to lawmakers can be found at www.StopTheNJGasTax.com.