This toll hike could be just the beginning
Published: Sunday, January 01, 2012, 2:09 AM
Paul Mulshine/The Star Ledger
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In 2001, a guy by the name of Bret Schundler was running for governor. The Republican candidate’s platform called for the immediate removal of the Garden State Parkway tolls.
His Democratic opponent, Jim McGreevey, said he’d get rid of the tolls as well, but it would take seven years.
Schundler as much as called him a liar. “If I win, tolls come down; if I lose, we get high-speed E-ZPass,” he said.
McGreevey won and proceeded to prove himself a liar — in what may be record time for even a Jersey pol. The day after he took the oath of office, McGreevey went on 101.5 FM and told a caller that he had no intention of keeping his promise to remove tolls.
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This is news to “We, The Sheeple” / Nu Jerzee subset!
Anyone who thinks that either side of the duopoly can be trusted is sadly delusional.
And the politicians and bureaucrats are perfectly happy if “the cost of collecting that toll can easily exceed the toll itself.” The bureaucrats get paychecks and the politicians get loyal voters in those bureaucrats. No corruption in that!
Wonder if some one can figure out the percentages. What percentage of NJ voters are “voting under the influence” of the Gooferment money.
There’s interesting anecdotal stories that Teachers’ Union SPOUSES run for school boards where they live; not where their spouse teaches. No conflict of interest, right? Until you realize that rasies won in one district become the norm in others.
Could it be that we have more than 50% of the voters who have “a dog in the fight”?
No wonder “we” just can’t win!
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