NJ lawmakers to debate transportation fund shortfall

State lawmakers in New Jersey continue to grapple with an impending transportation fund shortfall.

The Assembly’s Transportation Committee is due to discuss the issue during a field hearing Thursday in Camden.

Assembly staffers say the panel will hear from transportation experts and the public about current and future funding options. The fund is paid for through gas taxes.

Officials say that next year, there likely won’t be enough money in the fund to pay the debt on previous road projects.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has said he’s open to all options to cover the shortfall, but has generally opposed raising the gas tax.

New Jersey’s gas taxes are among the lowest in the nation.

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