A report from The News Journal in Wilmington, Del., some of whose residents could be among those paying higher tolls on major thoroughfares in New Jersey:
Aaron Tanzer doesn’t like the idea that every time he drives on the New Jersey Turnpike, his hard-earned dollars — money he made in Delaware — could go toward paying down the Garden State’s debt.
He might feel differently if doubling the tolls in New Jersey would mean better highways, but out-of-staters shouldn’t have to pay for New Jersey’s past financial mistakes, he said. “It seems dishonest,” said Tanzer, of Bear. “Those tolls were intended to help people who drive those roads.”
To New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, raising tolls on the Atlantic City Expressway, Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike, and introducing tolls on New Jersey 440 in Middlesex County, is the least painful way to pay off $16 billion in state debt and fund transportation projects for the next 75 years.