New Jersey voters on Election Day approved more funding for
transportation projects in the state.
Question 3 on the statewide ballot increases from 9 cents to
10.5 cents the amount of gasoline and diesel taxes to be sent for a trust fund
to maintain and repair roads, highways, bridges and transit.
The ballot question, which was approved by about 59 percent
of voters, is expected to generate an additional $78 million for
transportation. That money now goes to pay off old bonds.
Kris Kolluri, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation,
said voters realized sending more fuel tax revenues for transportation was the
right thing to do.
"They showed that they want their money to go where it's
needed," Kolluri told the Asbury Park Press.