New Jersey lawmakers, others say hit brakes on fuel tax hike

Not so fast.

That’s the response some lawmakers, progressive and conservative interest groups and New Jersey residents have for legislators who plan to move forward with a 23-cent wholesale fuel tax hike to pay for road and bridge work.

A long-expected proposal to shore up the state’s $1.6 billion transportation trust fund, which runs out of borrowing capacity July 1, is moving in the Democrat-led Legislature and with bipartisan support.

But not all lawmakers are on board and Republican Gov. Chris Christie had a frosty reaction to the plan.

GOP state Sen. Jennifer Beck says residents can’t afford to pay more for gas. Other opponents say the state can’t afford tax cuts that would help wealthy residents.

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