To step up the fight against New York City’s congestion pricing plan, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) and three Bergen County representatives today launched a new proposal to encourage New Jersey commuters to stay along the Hudson River. announced.
The bill, introduced by State Senator Joseph Lagana (D-Paramus), Congressional Appropriations Committee Chairman Lisa Swain (D-Fair Lawn), and Rep. Christopher Tully (D-Bergenfield), is based in New York. Provides tax credits for established companies to open local offices in New. Rewards Jersey, and businesses that help reduce employee commuting costs.
The New York plan, which Gottheimer called a congestion tax, could cost New Jerseyans driving to New York an extra $23 a day, in addition to tolls, gas and parking.
“Just by reading MTA spelled backwards, you can see exactly how New York sees New Jersey today: as a private ATM,” said Gottheimer. “The ‘Stay in Jersey’ bill would establish a new incentive program that would provide New York businesses with tax credits for expanding their operations in New Jersey. It’s close to where I live, so it helps me avoid having to drive.Get in town and get beaten by the congestion charge.”
Lawmakers say their plans will improve work productivity, reduce stress for commuters, create more family time, protect the environment, and create jobs in New Jersey.
Lagana, who represents the commuter-filled suburb of Bergen, said New York City’s bid to “add exorbitant congestion charges” would require a cost-cutting plan.
“It’s no secret that working closer to home not only benefits the residents themselves, but also the local economy,” Lagana said. “The Business He Hub will spur economic development and investment in our family-owned stores, local eateries and markets, and downtown boutique His Store.”
Gottheimer estimates that the bill will save New Jersey commuters about $20,000 a year.
“The bottom line is that by staying and working in New Jersey, our residents have more money in their pockets, our state and local economies thrive, and the more money we spend. will be used to support Jersey’s incredible small businesses.