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Gottheimer announces federal legislation to fight back against New York congestion tax and to protect New Jersey residents, commuters

The Anti-Congestion Tax Act will help stop New York mooching off hardworking Jersey families

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) Wednesday announced bipartisan federal legislation, the Anti-Congestion Tax Act, to fight New York’s proposed congestion tax and protect hardworking New Jersey families who drive into Manhattan. This tax burden will be placed on New Jersey drivers, but the State of New Jersey and its transit and infrastructure systems will not benefit.

Gottheimer also announced that he would be writing to incoming New York Governor Kathy Hochul urging the reversal of the proposed congestion taxes on New Jersey residents.

Gottheimer joined New Jersey Senator Joe Lagana (LD-38), Lodi Mayor Scott Luna, and Lodi Deputy Mayor Vince Martin today to highlight how the bipartisan bill would ensure that New Jersey drivers who commute into New York City are not hit with a new, $3,000 a year regressive and punitive congestion tax.

“The relationship between New York and New Jersey is a driving economic force, not only in the country, but in the world. Our states are deeply intertwined, and it is tradition for New York and New Jersey to work together. That is why the proposed $3,000 a year congestion tax is such a slap in the face to New Jersey commuters,” Gottheimer said. “Even more galling is that unlike the shared Port Authority resources from the tolls on the GW Bridge, that help both New York and New Jersey, every nickel of that new Midtown congestion tax will go to New York, to their MTA, to help fix their subways. Not a cent will go back to the PATH or NJ Transit to actually help our state in any way. That’s a joke.”

Gottheimer continued, “With the help of the bipartisan legislation that I’m announcing today, we’re fighting back against the proposed New York congestion taxes that are targeting hardworking Jersey families for simply driving into Manhattan,” Gottheimer said.

New Jersey State Senator Joe Lagana (LD-38) said, “New York’s congestion pricing scheme targets the wallets of New Jersey residents who work in the city and already contribute income taxes, tolls and their business. We cannot take any option off the table to fight against this unfair proposal.”

The Anti-Congestion Tax Act takes two key actions:

  • The Anti-Congestion Tax Act will prohibit the Secretary of Transportation from awarding any new Capital Investment Grants to MTA projects in New York until drivers from the New Jersey crossings into Manhattan receive exemptions from this new congestion tax.
  • The Anti-Congestion Tax Act will amend the Internal Revenue Code to offer drivers a federal tax credit at the end of the year equal to the amount paid in congestion taxes entering Manhattan from any of the three New Jersey crossings. This will protect Jersey drivers from double taxation.

MTA Chief Financial Officer Bob Foran recently said during a June 2021 board meeting that the MTA does not need congestion pricing revenue right now.

Gottheimer has also joined Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9) to request that U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg require a comprehensive review of the congestion tax’s burden on Jersey commuters, as well as public hearings in Northern New Jersey. Gottheimer is also helping lead bipartisan legislation with Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis, H.R.2476, the Economic Impact of Tolling Act, to ban implementation of a congestion tax until there is more information on the economic impact on our constituents and states.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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