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Cuomo & Christie sign off on $1.50 Port Authority toll hikes (Kills chance of Pres/VP)
NY Post ^ | 8/18/11 | JENNIFER FERMINO

Posted on 08/18/2011 4:23:37 PM PDT by GreaterSwiss

Gov. Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have signed off on $1.50 toll hikes for all Port Authority crossings that’ll go into effect next month, sources said.

The final fare hikes are far lower than the ones the Port Authority rolled out last month, which called for a $4 increase on most crossings and were met with widespread disgust by politicians and the public.

Christie and Cuomo are also calling for an audit of the agency.

The new $1.50 hikes will apply to cash and EZ-Pass customers on all the Port Authority’s bridges and tunnels.

Cash payers will also be hit with another $.50 cent surcharges.

Under the new plan, a cash diver would typically pay $10 coming into Manhattan on a Port Authority crossing, up from the current $8.

The PATH train fares will also increase, up to $2.00 from $1.75.

The old plan called for PATH hikes up to $2.75, more than the cost of the subway.

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Happens every time. They give you a high amount to scare you then compromise to a lower amount. The money won't be going to bridges or roads but to WTC building!

After this, I will never vote for Christie for any office but dog catcher.

Tolls are taxes and increase the prices for everyone.

1 posted on 08/18/2011 4:23:45 PM PDT by GreaterSwiss
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To: GreaterSwiss

this tidbit from WSJ:
Tolls would then rise by 75 cents in each of the following years, for a total increase of $4.50 by 2015. The previous proposal had included a $2 increase in 2014, for a total hike of $6


2 posted on 08/18/2011 4:27:11 PM PDT by GreaterSwiss
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To: GreaterSwiss

Christie loves Islam or is Ignorant of it’s end game,either way he is NOT fit for any role in leadership, at the national level.


3 posted on 08/18/2011 4:28:17 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( This carnival commie side started November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

I’d guess Christie is as good as you’ll get for NJ.
Certainly a huge improvement over billionaire boy Corzine.

As far as national aspirations, not so much.


4 posted on 08/18/2011 4:30:49 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: GreaterSwiss

Fat & stupid are no way to go through life.


5 posted on 08/18/2011 4:33:57 PM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
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To: GreaterSwiss

Christie seems to have crested a few months back. His plain spoken toughness now seems increasingly like arrogance, and if he isn’t going to hold the line on taxes, etc., he’s not much good to us.


6 posted on 08/18/2011 4:33:57 PM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: nascarnation

good as you get is bad..

I rather a democrat then a rino who acts like a democrat. Then when things go bad, they’ll be like see we voted republican and this is what we got..

If Christie is going to raise tolls 4.50 when will he hold the line?


7 posted on 08/18/2011 4:36:20 PM PDT by GreaterSwiss
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To: americanophile
Idiot slaves that still live in NY and NJ deserve everything that the apparatchik socialist crook governments throw at them.

You can't fix stupid, and make no mistake about it, they will come after every last dime the private sector has before they lay off one parasite or fail to send out a single pension check.

8 posted on 08/18/2011 4:41:27 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: GreaterSwiss
Tolls are user fees ~ they are quite legitimate, particularly if they reduce the tax burden on the general public.

BTW, there are no Republican Presidential elector votes to be lost in either New York or New Jersey so this is a big nothing to any of us.

9 posted on 08/18/2011 4:41:58 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

They move and pollute the gene pools in other states.


10 posted on 08/18/2011 4:43:22 PM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
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To: muawiyah

The Port Authority collects $3.5 Billion in tolls now - in addition it is borrowing $2.5 billion more. Virtually all of that money is going to projects such as the Freedom Tower which have NOTHING to do with bridges and tunnels.

Why should I subsidize something unrelated?


11 posted on 08/18/2011 4:44:07 PM PDT by GreaterSwiss
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To: Minus_The_Bear
The "electors" don't. In fact, they don't come into existence except every four years just about the time we vote for President.

Once their vote is certified they just disappear.

We need some toll bridges here so that Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware people have to pay to visit Virginia.

12 posted on 08/18/2011 4:46:27 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: GreaterSwiss
Kills chance of Pres/VP

Pfft, sorry to burst your bubble, but there is hardly a soul outside New York and New Jersey who cares about the cost of tolls. Those who do, probably are in favor of them being high enough to pay for all the cost of the bridge and tunnel construction and maintenance.

13 posted on 08/18/2011 4:50:09 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: muawiyah

“Tolls are user fees ~ they are quite legitimate, particularly if they reduce the tax burden on the general public.”

Name a single instance where that is the case? In every case they are an additional fee on top of all of the other taxes - which incidently continue to go up as well


14 posted on 08/18/2011 4:56:56 PM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: GreaterSwiss
Why do you live where the Port Authority does business?

If you persist in the practice there's nothing I can do to help you.

15 posted on 08/18/2011 4:57:50 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: americanophile

But Ann Coulter still loves him.


16 posted on 08/18/2011 4:59:38 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: wilco200
US Mail ~ it's paid for with a user fee called POSTAGE.

BTW, USPS also overpays the retirement fund which is in the hands of the US government. Currently the government has $100,000,000,000 of rate payers' money in its hot little hands and they are loaning it out to their cronies in the international banking racket.

17 posted on 08/18/2011 4:59:59 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: GreaterSwiss

So EZ Pass will now be $9.50 coming into NYC?


18 posted on 08/18/2011 5:01:49 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: GreaterSwiss

It’s still an amazingly cheap way into the city from Jersey.


19 posted on 08/18/2011 5:04:15 PM PDT by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- follow the money and you'll find truth.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

If it cost more to leave NJ and work or shop in NY then isn’t that a good thing for NJ economy if it makes working and shopping in NJ more attractive?


20 posted on 08/18/2011 5:05:59 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: GreaterSwiss

but there is no toll leaving, so these are round trip fees...


21 posted on 08/18/2011 5:09:00 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now, and in the future)
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To: Minus_The_Bear
lmao

True.

22 posted on 08/18/2011 5:29:05 PM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: ccmay
Pfft, sorry to burst your bubble, but there is hardly a soul outside New York and New Jersey who cares about the cost of tolls

Perhaps. But people outside of NY and NJ ARE going to point to this as part of his resume. Same way people outside of Massachusetts point to Romneycare in criticism of Romney.

23 posted on 08/18/2011 5:32:42 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: GreaterSwiss

I have no problem with this. If you do, then just don’t go to New York City. The place is a leftist sh!t-hole anyway, so who cares if they raise the toll to $1,000 per car?


24 posted on 08/18/2011 5:36:41 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: GreaterSwiss
"(Kills chance of Pres/VP)"

While I'm sure people in the area are upset...
and while I'm not supporting Christie (and certainly not Cuomo) for president...
I very seriously doubt most of the country will care about a toll road increase.

25 posted on 08/18/2011 5:59:08 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Perry 2012! A Conservative who can win!)
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To: GreaterSwiss

These crossings don't just maintain themselves, ya know.

26 posted on 08/18/2011 6:18:23 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: GreaterSwiss; All
Let's not attack our own leaders!

Folks, this is the kind of thing Hussein WANTS US TO DO: hate the men and women who will lead the fight against him.

In the past two or three days, here on FR, I have seen people spew naked vitriol against: Rick Perry, Chris Christie, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, etc. etc. etc.

You name the Republican, I've heard why they're the most vile piece of excrement on the planet.

NONE of them are Jesus Christ. The fact is this: sometimes politicians make bad decisions, unpopular decisions, but NOT ALL OF THEM are blithering idiotic moron RINOs.

Here is an article from 1974, describing then-Governor Ronald Reagan's desire to limit taxes, even though he had to increase state spending in California:

Reagan the Missionary

Look, the media hated Reagan...and they hate Christie. They hate Perry. Hell, they DESPISE Bachmann. They hate 95% of all Republicans. And 99% of the media are DEMOCRATS who cover for Hussein.

We need not encourage them by joining in the "we hate them too!" chorus.

Our goal MUST be to destroy Hussein's socialism at the ballot box.

We don't do that by pissing ALL OVER every Republican leader who comes along, even if they screw the pooch once in a while. And since when is increasing ANY fee in his or her own state an unforgivable sin anyway?

I dunno, just seems to me there is a whole lotta HATE going on here directed in the wrong direction. I'd prefer to fire my rhetorical and financial guns against Hussein's much more dangerous philosophy.

27 posted on 08/18/2011 6:23:44 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: GreaterSwiss

The rule of thumb for this fly-over country bumpkin is “Don’t visit New York/New Jersey.”


28 posted on 08/18/2011 6:32:05 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: Cheetahcat

What a rip off...


29 posted on 08/18/2011 7:07:13 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: muawiyah

Clear thinking and simple reason. Get off this thread now!


30 posted on 08/18/2011 7:17:15 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: muawiyah

bump


31 posted on 08/18/2011 7:19:45 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been Redistributed. Here's your damn Change!)
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To: muawiyah

I live here. ost of the workers for the MTA are grossly overpaid and don’t do a damn thing. this is pure theft.


32 posted on 08/18/2011 7:20:10 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: The flash mob who wonÂ’t leave.)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

This is a political kabuki dance that is done commonly in the Democratic Peoples Republic of NY/NJ.

The union/overtime/graft and waste loving political body Port Authority threatens to raise tolls by a gazillion dollars. The Governor rides to the rescue on a white horse and cuts the increase 80% and saves the people a kajillion dollars.

He/she is a hero!!!!


33 posted on 08/18/2011 7:25:15 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer to drink a bunch of them. Stay thirsty my FRiends)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Do you know how much it cost to build and maintain that road?

Probably not which makes you a reactionary. Roads do cost something and if you use them then you have to pay for them.

You can’t be so against taxes that you let everything fall apart.


34 posted on 08/18/2011 7:34:36 PM PDT by Almondjoy
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To: GreaterSwiss

Do you know how much it cost to build and maintain that road?

Probably not which makes you a reactionary. Roads do cost something and if you use them then you have to pay for them.

You can’t be so against taxes that you let everything fall apart.


35 posted on 08/18/2011 7:34:36 PM PDT by Almondjoy
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To: GreaterSwiss
I expected this from the Son of Il Supremo, but Cristie is supposed to be a Republican. As others have said, it's probably the best we can get from New Jersey.
36 posted on 08/18/2011 7:49:01 PM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Tolls are the cost of using an expensive piece of infrastructure.

Grossly overinflated tolls are the cost of having a government monstrosity like the Port Authority running the tolls on an expensive piece of infrastructure.

Considering that Christie was about 110% unlikely to be able to privatize the Port Authority - or even just the river crossings - this is probably the best compromise he could work out.

Those with weak stomaches, or the inability to tell the difference between what can be compromised on and what cannot, should not watch, or involve themselves in, the political process.


37 posted on 08/18/2011 7:52:54 PM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: Beaten Valve

After this $15. Imagine living in SI where it’s $25-30 ROUND TRIP..

Oh Nj Turnpike tolls went up 22% this year too.


38 posted on 08/18/2011 7:54:00 PM PDT by GreaterSwiss
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To: Oceander

The Port Authority collects $3.5 Billion in tolls now - in addition it is borrowing $2.5 billion more. Virtually all of that money is going to projects such as the Freedom Tower which have NOTHING to do with bridges and tunnels.

Why should I subsidize something unrelated?

Repeat: The tolls are not going to the roads and bridges..


39 posted on 08/18/2011 7:55:23 PM PDT by GreaterSwiss
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Huh? Christie is raising tolls to $15 each way without cutting any part of the budget and I shouldn’t speak out against him?

You need to call them when they make a bad decision!

Besides Christie is not my leader, he is an elected official hired by the voters to represent them.


40 posted on 08/18/2011 7:58:57 PM PDT by GreaterSwiss
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To: GreaterSwiss
The Port Authority collects $3.5 Billion in tolls now - in addition it is borrowing $2.5 billion more. Virtually all of that money is going to projects such as the Freedom Tower which have NOTHING to do with bridges and tunnels.

Why should I subsidize something unrelated?

Repeat: The tolls are not going to the roads and bridges..


Duh.

That's what you get when you let a two-government monstrosity like the Port Authority control an expensive piece of critical infrastructure like the Hudson crossings.

Of course it's nothing more than a cash cow for all sorts of political agendas - mostly those from New York (I suspect there are a lot fewer coming from NJ these days) - it's nothing more than another way to covertly extract taxes from people.

If you don't like it, you have two choices: (a) stop using the crossings, or (b) work to have the Port Authority privatized.

Of course even if the Port Authority were a truly private company, the toll revenue from the Hudson crossings would still go toward "subsidizing" that company's other projects - private companies don't shoot for break-even, they shoot for a profit, a surplus, that they can use to invest in other projects.
41 posted on 08/18/2011 8:01:16 PM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: GreaterSwiss

The Big White Rino helped raise the tolls another dollar between NJ and Philly too. And they recently built a soccer stadium in Chester paid for with toll dollars.


42 posted on 08/18/2011 8:05:03 PM PDT by curth (Sarah Palin: THE Genuine Article - Accept No Cheap Imitation)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Our goal MUST be to destroy Hussein's socialism at the ballot box.

I agree with your statement 100%. Unfortunately some of our announced and unannounced candidates don't concur.

Chris Christie refuses to join in on the lawsuit to kill Obamacare. Every single GOP Gov. has but he refuses. He claims it is a distraction. That is not true. It would cost NJ nothing. The true reason is that Obamacare will funnel tons of cash into NJ. $141 Million in the first installment.

Huntsman is a straight up Progressive. If you look through his initiatives as Gov of UT, it reads like Obummer light. Tax and Cap. Single Payer. Global Warming, ect. It is no surprise that the Regime used him.


43 posted on 08/18/2011 8:54:19 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Raise it to $100 each way. The entire Northeast region can go to hell for all I care, with its majority population of socialistards.

The Conservatives there can move to the South. There’s room for you here. ;)


44 posted on 08/18/2011 9:04:31 PM PDT by adm5 (AMERICA HAS ONLY GOD AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT LEFT TO SAVE THE REPUBLIC. by: LibLieSlayer 3/18/10)
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To: fabian

“What a rip off...”

I thought Gas tax went for this crap!


45 posted on 08/18/2011 9:04:31 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( This carnival commie side started November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Who cares, I live in NJ. Christie can raise some tolls rather then raising my already $9,000.00 a year property tax on a 1/2 acre lot. So far he has been a great GOV and I expect him to win reelection handily.

If its the worst he does, Ill take it any day.


46 posted on 08/18/2011 9:10:54 PM PDT by cdnerds (Now part of the conservative underground,)
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To: Artemis Webb

What isn’t in the article in this thread:

100% of the toll increases go towards new OVERTIME for existing Port Authority employees. There will not be a single dime of infrastructure improvements to be seen by the public from these toll hikes.

NY State Comptroller just released this news this week...


47 posted on 08/18/2011 9:14:03 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: GreaterSwiss
Christie continued: "You know, I've said many times about the president who I have admiration for, and who I agree with on a number of issues.

Nuff said.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/chris-christie-you-cant-lead-behind_590321.html

48 posted on 08/18/2011 9:57:03 PM PDT by hercuroc
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To: hercuroc

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/chris-christie-you-cant-lead-behind_590321.html


49 posted on 08/18/2011 9:58:42 PM PDT by hercuroc
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To: GreaterSwiss

Finally the FREEPERS know the real Christie. The fat ass has been transparent from the start but folks like you were having orgasmic feelings for the guy. Finally you know the really Christie. Can we stop the crap of him being Pres or even VP....Fat people should never be in a place of such a position.


50 posted on 08/18/2011 10:14:09 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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