In August, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) announced bipartisan federal legislation, the Anti-Congestion Tax Act, “to fight New York’s proposed congestion tax and protect hardworking New Jersey families who drive into Manhattan.” While this tax burden will be placed on New Jersey drivers, Gottheimer says the State of New Jersey and its transit and infrastructure systems will not benefit.

Gottheimer also announced he would be writing to incoming New York Governor Kathy Hochul, urging the reversal of the proposed congestion taxes on NJ residents.

Gottheimer joined New Jersey Senator Joe Lagana (LD-38), Lodi Mayor Scott Luna, and Lodi Deputy Mayor Vince Martin in August, to highlight how the bipartisan bill would ensure that New Jersey drivers who commute into New York City are not hit with a new $3,000 a year tax, that they call regressive and punitive.

“The relationship between New York and New Jersey is a driving economic force, not only in the country, but in the world. Our states are deeply intertwined, and it is tradition for New York and New Jersey to work together. That is why the proposed $3,000 a year congestion tax is such a slap in the face to New Jersey commuters,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “Even more galling is that unlike the shared Port Authority resources from the tolls on the GW Bridge, that help both New York and New Jersey, every nickel of that new Midtown congestion tax will go to New York, to their MTA, to help fix their subways. Not a cent will go back to the PATH or NJ Transit to actually help our state in any way.”

The Anti-Congestion Tax Act takes two key actions:

  • The Anti-Congestion Tax Act would prohibit the Secretary of Transportation from awarding any new Capital Investment Grants to MTA projects in New York until drivers from the New Jersey crossings into Manhattan receive exemptions from this new congestion tax.
  • The Anti-Congestion Tax Act would amend the Internal Revenue Code to offer drivers a federal tax credit at the end of the year equal to the amount paid in congestion taxes entering Manhattan from any of the three New Jersey crossings. This would protect Jersey drivers from double taxation.

Gottheimer has also joined Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9) to request that U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg require a comprehensive review of the congestion tax’s burden on NJ commuters, as well as public hearings.

Source: Insider NJ