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Vote to raise New Jersey gas tax by 23 cents pushed to Friday

TRENTON, N.J. — A vote to raise New Jersey's gas tax by 23 cents a gallon to pay for road, bridge and transit work has been pushed back to Friday, officials said.

New Jersey lawmakers had been set to vote on an agreement between Democratic leaders and Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday.

The deal was reached by Christie with with Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Senate President Steve Sweeney last week.

If passed, the agreement would raise New Jersey's gas tax — the second-lowest in the nation — from 14.5 cents to 37.5 cents a gallon. That would still be lower than neighboring New York and Pennsylvania, but higher than Alaska, which at 12.25 cents a gallon has the lowest gas tax in the country.