THE CRISIS IS HERE
Since July 1st, New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund has been bankrupt. That’s it – there’s no money left in the fund to repair our crumbling roads, highways, bridges and mass transportation even as it continues to fail our state’s residents. Even worse, Governor Christie declared a state of emergency and issued an executive order haulting most road, bridge, and rail projects, instantly putting thousands of construction workers out of a job and putting the safety of our residents in danger. Every community in the state can expect to feel the effects of the TTF’s bankruptcy, and that’s just the beginning.
This is the crisis we’ve been trying to avoid for months and even years. Inaction in Trenton has thrown the future of our state into jeopardy, hurting our economy and costing our municipalities hundreds of millions of dollars per year in road repair funds. Property taxes will skyrocket. Potholes will grow. Bridges will crumble. The TTF will have to devote all money it has to debt service, pulling a half-billion dollars from the general fund without fixing a single road. And the worst part is this is a self-inflicted crisis: politics as usual and special interests have derailed bi-partisan efforts, leaving our residents in the dust.
Tell your representative to put aside partisan politics and walk us back from the edge. We need a long-term, bipartisan solution to fund the TTF, and we need it now – it’ll create jobs, fix our economy, and get our state back to work fixing some of the nation’s most dangerous and ailing roads and bridges. Fix the fund – let’s get New Jersey back on the Road to Repair before it’s too late.