New Jersey legislators meet to discuss privatizing toll collections

    Update: Bids are being taken to privatize toll collections on the two highways, the Associated Press reports. Simpson says 100 extra collectors are on the payroll to cover union rules like eight-hour shifts and overtime for working on birthdays.

    Original report: New Jersey legislators will convene at 11 a.m. to discuss a proposal to privatize toll collections in the state.

    The Assembly State Government Committee will hear from Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson, Turnpike Authority officials and union representatives.


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    The union, as the Associated Press reports, has already sued to stop the Christie administration from following through with the plan, saying members have already made enough concessions.

    Christie says privatizing tolls on the Turnpike and Parkway would be cheaper and just as efficient.

    WHYY’s Phil Gregory will bring us the outcome of the meeting.

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