New Jersey’s economy relies on transportation systems – from roads to rails. It is the most densely populated state in the nation with 32,000 miles of highway, and bears the burden of maintaining one of the oldest public infrastructures in the county. During Christies’ time in office, the American Society of Civil Engineers dropped our overall infrastructure grade from a C- to a D- on a scale from A to F. ASCE noted that almost 9% of the state’s bridges are considered structurally deficient, and they estimate that more than 40% of the State’s bridges will need funding for improvements or complete replacement in the near future.
Our geography gives us an opportunity to draw people and jobs to the state by providing access to both New York City and Philadelphia. Instead of taking advantage of that opportunity, we have let our neighborhoods stagnate because infrastructure needs have gone unmet. Industrial buildings are abandoned, roads are routinely flooded, and our public transportation system is decaying.
We have an opportunity to reinvigorate our neighborhoods with much needed investments in transportation and infrastructure. To that end, I will:
- Support legislation that dedicates funding for NJ Transit operations and maintenance.
- Support efforts to earmark money for mass transit and fixing dilapidated roads and bridges rather than raiding the Transportation Trust Fund.