PARAMUS, N.J. — Some New Jersey lawmakers want to charge out-of-state motorists to help blunt the impact of New York’s congestion pricing plan, which will charge motorists an extra toll for entering Midtown.
State Senator Joe Lagana, Rep. Josh Gottheimer and Assemblyman Chris Tully are proposing legislation that would charge out-of-state motorists a sales tax, likely through E-ZPass, when they cross into New York from New Jersey.
The money would go into a fund to reimburse New Jersey motorists paying the extra toll in Manhattan.
“Every year this fund will help New Jersey’s hard-working families recover from this new absurd Manhattan moocher congestion tax,” Rep. Gottheimer explained at a press conference Monday. “Enough is enough, they are trying to hit us with this congestion tax we got to take care of our own here.”
Some New Jersey drivers could pay an additional $3,000 a year under New York’s congestion pricing plan.
New York would be the first American city to implement it, and would use the revenue to shore up its aging subway system.
New York inched closer to making its congestion pricing plan a reality just last month when the U.S. Department of Transportation gave the state the green light for an environmental assessment that moved the project forward.
New Jersey officials are now preparing for the worst.
“We’re going to give them a taste of their own medicine and fight fire with fire,” Rep. Gottheimer said.
One commuter PIX11 spoke to is just hoping for the best.
“At the end of the day, New York and New Jersey need to work together on this because they need each other,” she said.
It remains unclear how much out-of-State drivers will pay when entering New Jersey.