(PISCATAWAY) — Assembly Deputy Speaker John S. Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), chair of the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the panel’s second hearing on New Jersey’s transportation funding crisis:
“New Jersey’s transportation system is a core component of the livelihoods of our residents. Every day, they rely on our state’s infrastructure to get where they need to go, and they reasonably expect to do so safely and efficiently. Unfortunately, given the state of the Transportation Trust Fund, there’s no guarantee that those expectations can always be met.
“Like our previous discussion, today’s meeting really was about working to improve the overall quality of life in New Jersey. The hard-earned money of our residents shouldn’t be spent on unnecessary auto repairs related to poor road conditions, and their limited time should be spent with their families – not waiting on a delayed train. Transportation funding isn’t an abstract issue. This is about making everyday life better for everyday people.
“As we prepare for future hearings, I know that we will remain focused on our shared goal of improving New Jersey’s transportation infrastructure for the benefit of all residents of our state.”
The next committee hearing on the issue is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 in the Conference Center at Camden County College.