I love Jersey. I really do. It is home. I grew up there, I have lifelong friends there, and had some very memorable moments there.
However, with idiots such as Sleezine, I mean, Corzine, in charge, and his brilliant ideas such as this, I just can't see a good reason to come back. Not to mention the 32 BILLION dollar budget deficit.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ The industry association for the city's 11 casinos is supporting Gov. Corzine's plan to increase tolls because it would upgrade transportation systems, which the gambling halls view as crucial to their expansion plans.
Corzine is facing tough opposition to the proposal, which would boost tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway by 50 percent in 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022. Those increases would include inflation adjustments, and after 2022 tolls would increase every four years until 2085 to reflect inflation.
The governor would use the extra money to pay off at least half of the state's $32 billion debt, and fund transportation work for 75 years.
"Clearly the monetization aspect of the proposal is the tough medicine," the casino association said in a statement. "However, this industry recognizes that without the resulting proceeds from the toll increases, the state cannot reduce its indebtedness by 50 percent and fund transportation infrastructure improvements for 75 years.
"We believe those two aspects of the proposal are absolutely critical for the state to right its financial ship," the association wrote.
The group said it will be studying the projected impact of higher tolls on its profits.
Corzine said Tuesday that Atlantic City realizes it needs better transit options if a wave of $10 billion or more in new casino projects is to succeed.
"One of the things that the people in Atlantic City understand is that if you are to build a great destination resort, you need a world-class transportation system to be able to get people there," he said.
Corzine said rail service needs to be upgraded to bring new visitors into Atlantic City.
The governor also said that when Bader Field is developed, better transit options will be needed to bring thousands more people and vehicles into the area. Several casino operators are eyeing the 150-acre former airport tract, which could accommodate as many as four new casinos.
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01-23-2008, 06:02 PM #1
Why I most likey WONT be going back to Jersey after school....AJ, MICP, FireMedic
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01-24-2008, 09:58 AM #2
I wonder what the percentage of A/C casino patrons come by bus? To those people (and the casino) the toll increase will hardly affect them as that cost is spread amongst all bus tickets. Therefore, it won't change those peoples expenses. For the casino, they still get the same number of people in and others pay the toll increase. Of course, that's a win for A/C.
I also wonder how many Parkway users will turn to secondary highways to avoid the tolls? How many more Turnpike users will move to 295?
Personally, being as I use the Turnpike/Parkway maybe once a month, the toll increase won't really affect me at all. Really not sure that this plan will help at all though..."This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?
01-24-2008, 10:05 AM #3
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Toll increases won't affect me, I have E-Z Pass...........Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
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01-24-2008, 11:49 AM #4
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BLS, another reason not to go back: It does not snow in Florida that often
Unfortunatley you can not find pizza, just imatitaion crap
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