Transportation Trust Fund

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) Boardwalks at the New Jersey shore could be reclassified as roads as part of a plan to redirect funds to repair them under a plan some state lawmakers are pushing. The measure is aimed primarily at the famous Wildwood boardwalk, which is badly in need of repairs.

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Acting Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti announced the launch of the department's Commitment to Communities Initiative to ensure local governments succeed in delivering transportation projects that improve the quality of life for those traveling in and through New Jersey.

Contractors who had to stop work during a fight over how to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund last year are asking to be compensated for losses — and New Jersey taxpayers may be on the hook for the money. Gov. Chris Christie ordered the shutdown of all state-funded transportation projects in July amid a fight with Democratic lawmakers over how to fund the financially strapped TTF.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) New Jersey's gas tax will be dedicated to transportation funding after voters supported Question 2 on Nov. 8, delivering a blow to Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who rallied against the referendum to protest a recent 23-cent-gallon increase in the tax.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Gas in New Jersey is about to get more expensive after lawmakers voted on Oct. 7 to raise the tax by 23 cents per gallon to pay for the state's expired transportation trust fund. If Republican Gov. Chris Christie approves the bill, which he is expected to, it would make New Jersey's gas tax the sixth-highest in the nation, up from 49th before.

TRENTON — With the state's Transportation Trust Fund "days away from exhausting all of its available funds," Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday ordered officials to free money in the state budget to pay for any emergency road or rail work. Christie's executive order comes in the second month of a statewide construction shutdown of nonessential projects he ordered to ration the money left in the fund, which technically expired at the end of June.