New Jersey’s low gas prices are about to get more expensive after Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation on Erev Shabbos raising the gas tax by 23 cents per gallon, from the 49th highest in the nation to the sixth, to pay for an expired transportation trust fund, the AP reports.
The hike is set to go into effect Nov. 1.
He praised the gas tax measure as a compromise and said it offered state residents “tax fairness.” “Through this legislation, we are continuing our commitment to providing tax relief for working New Jerseyans of all income levels,” he said in a statement.
The legislation signed by Christie raises the gas tax from 14.5 cents per gallon to 37.5 cents per gallon.