How Monmouth’s Legislators voted on the gas tax

img_0858-800x531The New Jersey Legislature approved a $.23 per gallon sales tax increase today, accompanied by a phase out of the estate tax, a gradual fractional reduction in the sale tax and tax breaks for veterans and the working poor.  The Senate vote was 28-14.  The vote in the Assembly was 44-27.

Monmouth County’s Legislators voted as follows:


Sen Jennifer Beck, R-11, voted NO

Sen Sam Thompson, R-12 did not vote.  Thompson had a medical emergency and has been admitted to Raritan Bay Medical Center where he expects to stay at least over night.

Sen Joe Kyrillos, R-13, voted YES.

Sen Robert Singer, R-30, voted YES


11 District: Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling, both D, voted NO

12th District: Ronald Dancer and Rob Clifton, both R, voted NO

13th District: Amy Handlin, R, voted NO. Declan O’Scanlon, R, voted YES

30th District: Sean Kean and Dave Rible both voted YES.  Rible was a Primary Sponsor of the bill.

The bill awaits Governor Christie’s signature.



Posted: October 7th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gas Tax, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , | 9 Comments »

9 Comments on “How Monmouth’s Legislators voted on the gas tax”

  1. Lightning 1181 said at 5:26 pm on October 7th, 2016:

    I guess that Declan O’Scanlon and Joe Kyrillos lost my vote. Sad to see the go, but go they must.

  2. @PuppyJack said at 7:45 pm on October 7th, 2016:

    That’s an old article from June. At that time he indeed voted YES for the gas tax hike. However, on Friday, October 7th, he voted against it. What changed his mind?? the voter outrage!

    Unfortunately Declan O’Scanlon, Joe Kyrillos, Dave Rible, Sean Kean, and Senator Singer do not see the ramifications down the road.

    I say John Curley should primary either Kyrillos or O’Scanlon. Couldn’t be a better time which would also include Curley’s F bombs hurled at Christie, and Christie’s threats to destroy Curley.

  3. A few questions said at 10:00 pm on October 7th, 2016:

    First off, Puppy Jack – that article was from the first vote back in June, which that vote never went forward so those votes don’t really count. Assemblyman Clifton voted no this time around.

    Second off, as Bill Spadea said on the radio, why are the Republicans providing cover for the Democrats?!?! They should have all voted against this so that it was only Democrats, and ultimately the Governor that was for it.

    As for Kyrillos, I agree it is time for him to be replace, so someone please step up and take him on!

    Why did Kean and Rible and Singer all vote YES? Did any of them give an explanation?

  4. Buh bye, said at 10:16 pm on October 7th, 2016:

    traitors!! The smart ones with “iffy” districts and chances next year, obviously voted to save their own necks, and the arrogant ones who think they are “safe,” voted for this quick- fix, that we all know will never be totally used for the stated purpose! How dare they- really.

  5. Bob English said at 8:23 am on October 8th, 2016:

    Would note that some of the no votes were because of the fear of blowing a gigantic hole in the budget….that could ultimately affect state aid to local school districts and municipalities, pension obligations etc

  6. Mike Harmon said at 12:00 pm on October 8th, 2016:

    It is hard to get the facts (government is like a Manhattan shell game) but I did my best.

    It used to be said “don’t retire or die in NJ”. It has become “can’t afford to live in NJ”. The problem with the gas tax is that it is too big. Too grandiose. Too ambitious. Too painful to the people who work for a living.

    I predict five years from now NJ.com news reporter will be standing next to a pothole that swallowed a car in a Republican district and will blame Christie for the largest gas tax in history but there still wasn’t enough to fix this road. We called Senator Republican for comment but did not receive a response.

    On top of all the taxes we pay already, this proposed $2 billion per year tax will be immediately rolled up into some sort of bond, for $16 billion which will make NJ eligible for another $16 billion in fed funds. Fair enough but again now we are talking about $32 billion sloshing around getting “wasted and wish listed” out of funds. Plus lots of ridiculous studies on top of the already ridiculous studies. Fix the freaking bridge before it falls down.

    Like Pelosi on the unaffordabel Affordable Care Act, I guess they voted on it before the read it. Buried in there is a clause that will automatically raise the gas tax again next fall if revenue projections don’t meet bonded debt payments. In other words, when people reduce driving, people get more electric vehicles and truckers and out-of-state drivers stop coming to NJ to buy their gas, revenues will fall. Then the gas tax will be jacked up to compensate. This is outrageous. It is not surprising that the Corrupt Democrat Machine voted unanimously to support this highway robbery but Rs went along with it as well.

    Then the pissing away the money and political diversions will begin (they probably started already). Remember Senator, we need $2 billion for the new North Jersey casinos infrastructure and a new train station….etc.

    What the politicians ignore is the impact on discretionary income. I have a 25 gallon tank and the taxes will now be $.23 proposed + $.14 NJ gas now+ $.18 fed = $.55 cents per gallon So every time I fill up will cost $13.75 in FREAKING TAXES

    That is $13.75 of tax potential discretionary spending.

    The CORRUPT DEMOCRAT MACHINE likes to blame the oil and gas companies but clearly the government have become the trolls and thieves. They make far more than the oil companies ever did.

    We already have $1.5 billion in tolls on the GSP and Turnpike. We also pay billions in property taxes for local and county roads.

    I like the tradeoffs but have no faith they will be kept in place.
    • The estate tax threshold of $675K is absurdly low driving people out of NJ. We also are one of a few states with an inheritance tax too.
    • The break on pension is ok but it should also be applied to social security and be a higher number. The penalty applied to married people is typical of family hating Ds.
    • My wife is a CPA and tax accountant and she has a long list of great NJ citizens and clients who moved to Pennsylvania, Delaware, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Nevada.
    • Fixed incomes and NJ do not go well together, particularly in towns with skyrocketing property taxes and when a health insurance policy will cost a couple $25K in NJ.
    • The sales tax change is insignificant because people do not have discretionary income – and it will be reversed anyway. Only the government can come with a 6.875% tax. Normal people would just say every $1.00 of spending will be 7 cents, or 7%.

    It used to be said “don’t retire or die in NJ”. It has become “can’t afford to live in NJ”.

    The deal would be ok if the democrats were trustworthy. They are not. They will divert the money to their special interest developer projects and then reverse the tax breaks. Of course the feds are currently eyeing an increase in the fed gas tax too.

  7. What? said at 10:20 pm on October 8th, 2016:

    Chubby intends to sign it, thereby killing
    any GOP victory,next year! They are all complicit in lazy governing: just raise something big, when you give away too much in social programs: this is simply a really bad deal. (For everyone but the Dems and Murphy and some big contractors..) If a miracle happens, and Donald wins, I must sincerely hope Rudy gets AG, and our gov an ambassadorship in, say, Iraq,or maybe Benghazi- ugh!!

  8. Steve Adams said at 11:58 am on October 10th, 2016:

    The vision of a government of the people, by the people, and for the people is sadly gone in NJ.
    The TTF is a slush fund that is a crony gift from taxpayers to liberal special interests in return for political support. The liberal interests have won again.

    Its time for the spending of the tax dollars to be managed like they are intended to benefit the taxpayers, not the special interests. Make the projects funded with taxpayer dollars subject to real competition and a free market. Time to stop supporting union labor agreement that increase costs and limit competition and hurt taxpayers.

    Its time for a government to return to being “for the people” and not for the liberal special interests in NJ.

  9. Dennis Thompson said at 4:52 pm on October 15th, 2016:

    I will write in Mickey Mouse before I vote for
    Kean, Rible, Singer again. You betrayed the trust to uphold Republican ideals and sold your constituency down the river. Shame on all three of you.
    Let’s get representation that holds the line on spending.

    You just increased the cost of goods and cost of doing business for everyone in this state.