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Poll: Where Do We Find Money to Fix New Jersey’s Rotten Roads?

New Jersey drivers -- and their vehicles -- are taking a merciless pounding. What’s the best way to smooth things out?

The snow gradually started to melt away this week only to reveal immense potholes more than a foot deep in places, badly buckled pavement, and generally poor road conditions. The state is cutting back on transportation funding, which leaves a pothole-sized question:

How should municipalities, counties, and even the state itself fund the repaving of our battered roads?

  • Any way other than raising taxes. Most municipalities should have enough money squirreled away in their public-works budgets to fix the roads, and if they don’t, people are just going to have to suck it up for a year. Municipalities will find the funds to fix the most egregious problems.

  • The Legislature has to compromise with the governor on this one. The state keeps pushing costs onto municipalities -- especially road maintenance -- while pretending it’s holding the line on its own budget. I can see already that I’ll be buying new tires with the roads in this shape, so they need to come up with some solution that doesn’t mean higher property taxes.

  • Municipalities shouldn’t be counting on the state for this money. If they have to raise property taxes to pay for road repair, that’s what they’ll have to do. The Transportation Trust Fund is broke, and whatever money there is left in it, needs to go for essential state and regional projects.

  • We need to raise the gas tax. Why don’t Christie and the public accept that New Jersey’s transportation infrastructure is key to the state’s business economy. With one of the lowest gas taxes in the country, and our infrastructure falling apart, we have to bite the bullet and do what’s necessary for investment in the future.

  • This is what I hate about politics. There are only bad choices here. I’m not sure what we can do.

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