Assembly Republican Press Release -
Assemblyman Erik Peterson released the following statement in response to Gov. Chris Christie ridiculing Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno for her opposition to the gas tax and ballot question #2, claiming that she “misunderstood” the policy proposals.
“I am confident that the lieutenant governor fully understands the consequences of this tax increase and the accompanying ballot question. Which is exactly why she, like several of my colleagues, have vocally opposed this scheme.
“The only person that is enabling ‘future wasteful spending by Democrat legislators’ is the governor himself. He must have misunderstood the voters of Hunterdon, Somerset, and Warren counties when they voted for him, because they didn’t expect more taxes and wasteful spending.
“The only reason the governor and Democratic leadership are pushing the ballot question is to enable borrowing against the new tax increases, which will exhaust all of the new revenue in eight short years and will require future tax increases.”
State ballot question #2 would dedicate all future gas tax revenues to the Transportation Trust Fund.
Peterson has consistently opposed these measures, citing concerns over the cost for construction and the need for reforms before moving forward.