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Gottheimer helps cut ‘pothole tax’ that’s whacking New Jersey residents with costly car repairs, lengthy commutes

PARAMUS, NJ (Bergen County) — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) visited Route 17, a major New Jersey state highway, to highlight how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill is going to cut the “Pothole Tax” on Jersey residents. On average, each New Jersey driver pays, on average, a $713 “Pothole Tax” every year from damage to their cars.

The historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will invest more than $8 billion just to fix New Jersey’s roads and bridges, to not only cut the Pothole Tax, but also to help improve commutes, improve safety, create jobs, and grow the economy.

Gottheimer helped to shape and pass the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, along with the Problem Solvers Caucus, which he Co-Chairs, and a group of Democrats and Republicans from both the House and Senate.

“Right now, there is a major silent tax on Jersey families — the cost of driving on our crumbling roads — or as I like to call it: the Pothole Tax. It’s a tax that hits our pocketbooks and our time. It impacts our families and small businesses. And it’s not insignificant,” Gottheimer said. “Because of the conditions of our roads, the Pothole Tax costs Jersey drivers, on average, $713 dollars a year. $713 in damage to their cars, not including lost productivity and time. Flat tires, cracks in wheels, and transmissions falling out of cars. Hours lost in traffic trying to get to work. Hours missed reading bedtime stories to your children. But now, thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill we are going to help cut the Pothole Tax.”

“If you talk to anyone from Jersey, you get the tire insurance because you’re always getting flat tires from potholes,” Gottheimer said.

In addition to the $8 billion to fix New Jersey’s roads and bridges, the Garden State will receive major investments for building the Gateway Tunnel, electric vehicle infrastructure, broadband, clean water, public transportation, and climate resilience.

Gottheimer was joined Tuesday by Bergen County Commissioner and President IBEW#164 Tom Sullivan, President of Bergen County Central Trades and Labor Council Mike Schneider, Park Ridge Mayor and IBEW 164 member Keith Misciagna, Operating Engineers Local 825 Cesar Gamio and Daniel Ortega, Pipefitters Local 274 Ed Driscoll, and Plumbers Local 24 Enzo Stricole.

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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