Report: Half of N.J. roads `deficient’

    New Jersey motorists are officially rough riders.

    A Transportation Department report finds half of the state’s highways are deficient. That means they’re chock full of potholes and cracks that slow traffic and lead to vehicle repairs.

    Twenty percent are rated in “good” condition and 30 percent are “fair.”

    DOT Commissioner James Simpson says Gov. Chris Christie’s transportation plan calls for spending $284 million on road repairs in the first year alone. Christie has proposed a five-year, $8 billion transportation capital plan that would begin in fiscal year 2012.

    Extra points for your morning commute if you’re from Jersey.

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