Joint Statement from New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Port Authority Toll Hike Plan

Trenton, NJ – New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today released the following statement regarding the Port Authority’s proposed toll hike plan:”The Port Authority has informed us of its proposal to dramatically increase tolls on its tunnels and bridges and fares on the PATH.

While we understand the Port Authority leadership’s concerns about a potential downgrade to its bond rating if toll increases are not instituted, our primary concern with this proposal is its impact on our respective states’ residents and commercial users of the crossings.

A downgrade of the Port Authority’s bond rating does indeed pose a potentially disastrous result on a transportation network that millions of residents of the states of New Jersey and New York rely on and would be unacceptable.

We will review the proposal with that in mind but have obvious and significant concerns. The Port Authority is facing financial issues but so are families in the states of New York and New Jersey, and the answer cannot always be an indiscriminate and exorbitant increase in the cost to the taxpayer, or in this case, toll payer. As families must carefully and effectively manage their finances at this difficult time, so must government.

It is our joint intention to cooperatively address this issue without regard for partisanship or parochialism, as was the intention and spirit of the creation of the Port Authority as a regional entity in 1921.”

Posted: August 5th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie | Tags: , , | 4 Comments »

4 Comments on “Joint Statement from New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Port Authority Toll Hike Plan”

  1. JPM said at 10:11 pm on August 5th, 2011:

    A toll increase is a tax increase. I’m sorry Christie broke his promise. I can’t wait to sell my house and flee this liberal swamp.

  2. Jim Sage said at 11:51 pm on August 5th, 2011:

    The Port Authority will request a $4.00 toll hike; the governors will intervene and demand a lesser hike of only $2.00. Then, they will both claim “victory” for their constituents.

  3. Can't believe it, said at 1:12 pm on August 6th, 2011:

    for the 1st time, I totally agree with Sage: it’s b.s. posturing by both Gov.’s: it’s always the hew and cry of outrage, then we’re all supposed to kiss their butts and grovel our thanks, when things “only” go up to what they really wanted, in the 1st place!!.. disgusting we all get to pick up the slack for obvious fraud, waste, and abuse by the management/administration of all of these agencies, many of which are semi-autonomous and think/ are allowed to think they can do whatever the hell they want, with little or no oversight and accountability!.. plain shameful and disgusting, once again..

  4. MoreMonmouthMusings » Blog Archive » Reduce Costs Before Raising Tolls: It Is Time To Reform “Prevailing Wage” said at 9:38 am on August 8th, 2011:

    […] Christie and Cuomo issued a joint statement that signals that toll increases are coming, but at lower rate than proposed by the Port Authority […]