(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) released the following statement on President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan proposal, which includes significant funding for transit and infrastructure projects along the Northeast Corridor:
“After years of stalling by the previous administration, it’s encouraging to see the federal government recognize the critical need to modernize the Northeast Corridor. As the artery that supports 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, investment in the Northeast Corridor is an issue of national importance.
“New Jerseyans are all too familiar with the aging roads and bridges that connect us to the other side of the Hudson River. We’ve sat in traffic and we’ve experienced train or bus delays. We must move the Gateway Program forward.
“The plan proposed by the Biden administration would provide a significant boost to New Jersey’s economy as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, creating thousands of jobs and generating billions in economic activity. It will modernize our transportation infrastructure with an emphasis on safety and accessibility. It will also have a lasting impact on commuters and visitors crossing the Hudson River for generations to come.
“I support this proposal and look forward to seeing the Gateway project fully funded and moving ahead.”