New Jersey Congressmen Push Legislation to Bar New York City Congestion Taxes

Proposed federal legislation would bar congestion taxes on New Jersey residents driving into Manhattan’s “Central Business District” south of 60th Street. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) wants to use the proceeds of the congestion taxes to help fund its capital projects. But U.S. Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Chris Smith (R-N.J.) want to put the kibosh on the plan with H.R. 2523, the Anti-Congestion Tax Act. The measure would bar the transportation secretary from giving Capital Investment Grants for MTA projects in New York until drivers using the New Jersey crossings into Manhattan are exempted from the congestion tax. It would also give drivers a federal tax credit equal to the amount they paid in congestion taxes entering Manhattan from one of the three New Jersey crossings. “The relationship between New York and New Jersey is a driving economic force, not only in the country, but in the world,” Gottheimer …

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