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(TRENTON) — Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Chairman Albert Coutinho (D-Essex) released the following statement Monday as the Assembly Budget Committee heard Gov. Chris Christie’s plans for transportation spending:

“Gov. Christie’s plans for transportation spending create great concerns for New Jersey’s economic development.

“We still haven’t heard Gov’s Christie’s plan to keep the vital Transportation Trust Fund alive and ensure we have a viable road and transit system throughout our state. A reliable infrastructure is crucial for economic development and a strong business environment, but those outcomes at risk without a viable plan from Gov. Christie.

“And his plan for the 22 percent fare hike at NJ Transit will just put more cars on our roads and increase congestion, further stagnating job creation and economic development.

“Hopefully Gov. Christie realizes that a strong business climate requires a strong transportation plan.”

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