New Jersey State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, voted in committee against legislation that would result in a $1.3 billion gas tax increase.
Sen. Jennifer Beck voted against legislation that would result in a $1.3 billion gas tax increase in the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. (©iStock)
“You can’t raise taxes to cut taxes. This will be devastating to our economy and back breaking to our residents. It will drive up the cost of virtually everything in our state.
“It’s undeniable that the gas tax is a regressive tax that hits low- and middle-income families the hardest. Those who already struggle with our state’s high tax burden can ill-afford to pay even more. Paying hundreds more at the pump isn’t even an option for many of the state’s nearly 7 million drivers, especially when we also have some of the highest tolls in the nation.
“What they have proposed is simply too much. That’s why 4,000 people have signed my online petition. That’s why hundreds have joined me at rallies. That’s why I voted ‘Absolutely No’ on raising the gas tax.
“The gas tax will be up for a final vote in the Senate next week. I encourage everyone to keep signing my petition. Call my office for a lawn sign. This fight isn’t over. Let’s show Trenton what the people of New Jersey think about a billion dollar tax increase.”