Hundreds of transportation projects put on hold in New Jersey

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NEW JERSEY — Hundreds of transportation projects continue to be put on hold Tuesday as officials look for money to pay for them.

The state Department of Transportation and New Jersey Transit released lists of projects last Wednesday that would be suspended at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

The freeze is expected to last for at least a week, putting the jobs of thousands of construction workers on hold in the meantime.

“The feeling around the union halls is anxiety right now. People are scared and wondering if they're gonna have a job. They fear that call coming in that says, don’t show up to work today,” Rob Lewandowski, a spokesman for N.J. Laborers Union, said prior to the Friday suspension.

It comes after a deal to fund the state's Transportation Trust Fund by raising the state gas tax failed to pass the Senate. The proposal had previously passed the Assembly.

An executive order signed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie called for the suspension.

Projects paid for by federal funds and projects deemed "absolutely essential" can continue.

The suspended projects encompass all 21 New Jersey counties and range in cost from under $100,000 to hundreds of millions of dollars.

PIX11's Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this report.

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