Opposition to New Jersey Toll Road Plans Rising

<p>New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine's plan to convert the state's highways to toll roads is in danger of being voted down by the state senate.</p>
February 11, 2008, 8am PST | Nate Berg
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"Gov. Jon Corzine's plan to cut state debt and fund transportation projects by sharply hiking tolls ran into deep political trouble yesterday, with every Republican in the Legislature and a key Democratic senator vowing to oppose it."

"The flurry of announcements from legislative leaders came hours before the Democratic governor made his latest pitch directly to the people at a town hall meeting in Atlantic County, where a crowd of more than 750 gave him a mixed reception. It was the 10th such forum hosted by Corzine, who plans to visit all 21 counties."

"He needs 21 votes to secure passage in the 40-member Senate. Without any GOP support -- and with the opposition of Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) -- the governor has no more than 22 votes, and even they are not assured."

"Last night, Senate Democratic leaders conceded that the Corzine plan, as presented, will not have enough votes to pass."

"That does not mean, however, the proposal is dead, Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex) said. Codey said he is confident the governor and lawmakers will reach a compromise that can win approval in the Senate."

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Published on Friday, February 8, 2008 in The Star-Ledger
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