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Watson Coleman: First the Lottery, Now Inspections? Governor Must Stop Trying to Fix What’s Not Broken

(TRENTON) – Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer/Hunterdon), a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after hearing budget testimony from state transportation officials, including news that privatizing the state’s vehicle inspections system is a possibility for the future:

“The fact that I couldn’t get direct answers to my questions about privatizing vehicle inspections gives me pause, and makes me worry about what will happen three years from now, when the contract with Parsons expires. The administration dodging questions this early does not bode well for the future of our inspections.

“Privatizing the system would inconvenience drivers who would go from getting their cars inspected at their local inspection stations to having to pay private garages to do it. We have a solid inspection system in New Jersey that drivers depend and rely on. Why is the administration even considering privatization? It’s almost like the state lottery. Why fix it when it’s not broken?”