(TRENTON) — Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) released the following statement Thursday on Gov. Christie’s speech:

“Gov. Christie’s plan raises numerous concerns for New Jersey taxpayers and commuters and is replete with the kind of one-shot gimmicks and tax increases that he has so often railed against.

“His plan to cut education aid avoids the tough decision of reforming state government and simply strips money from schools and will lead to painful property tax increases in the months ahead.

“His plan for NJ Transit will equate to reduced services or higher fares, and let’s face it — if Gov. Christie raises fares he will be increasing taxes on working families who have no other choice but to use public transit day-in-and-day-out to get to work.

“Gov. Christie’s plan is essentially a tax on our commuters. I plan to have the Assembly transportation panel take a very close look at it.”

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