September 10, 2014 | Number of The Day
New Jersey’s rank for dependence on tolls and fees to repair roads

Funding for the repair of New Jersey’s roads and bridges is highly dependent on tolls and user fees in comparison with other states, making up 32.8 percent of the transportation budget. That ranks it second in the country, according to the Tax Foundation, the Washington think tank. (Delaware was first.)

The national average is 8.3 percent.

New Jersey’s gas tax, however, somewhat rebalances the situation. It only pays for 12 percent of road repairs in New Jersey, while the national average is 27 percent. When gas taxes, tolls, user fees, and license taxes are combined, they pay for 58.5 percent of road repairs. This ranks New Jersey eighth in the country. The national average is 50.4 percent.