Wisniewski Statement on Third Hearing on NJ’s Transportation Funding Crisis

(CAMDEN) – Assembly Deputy Speaker John S. Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), chair of the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee, released the following statement Thursday after the panel’s third hearing on New Jersey’s transportation funding crisis:

“New Jersey’s transportation funding woes have reached a critical point. Doing nothing and hoping the problem will resolve itself was not an option then, and it is not an option now.
“Unless we act now, we risk not having the necessary funds to cover the most basic repairs to our roads and railways, which not only threatens public safety but our struggling economy. This also jeopardizes our municipalities which depend on the trust to fund municipal transportation projects.
“The consequences of years of inaction are severe. The livelihood of residents and businesses depend on reliable roads and railways. Our safety depends on it. The dialogue we’ve had so far has been constructive. We will continue to discuss ways to remedy this situation so we can finally start working on a viable solution, and start fixing New Jersey’s troubled transportation infrastructure.”

The next and final committee hearing is set for Thursday, November 20th at 9 a.m. at the League of Municipalities Convention at the Atlantic City Convention Center.