NY’s Gov. Hochul backs congestion pricing as NJ officials still seek compromise

The New York plan would impose a surtax on NJ commuters traveling into Manhattan in rush hour

Elected officials in New Jersey have been lobbying against a proposed surtax on New Jersey commuters who travel into Manhattan during rush hour. They say commuters cannot afford to pay any more under a so-called congestion pricing plan. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul says she is in favor of the plan, with the state wanting to use revenue from the tax to pay for subway improvements.

Federal officials have allowed the congestion pricing plan to move forward, although there are several key steps between now and final approval. Gov. Phil Murphy and others are pressing for more cooperation between the states on commuting costs.

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