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Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney : Murphy administration has failed our commuters


“legislation that pressures our own DOT to fill potholes caused by its own mismanagement”

from Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney

“I hope that you and your family are enjoying the summer as we enter August. Soon, the back to school sales will begin and if you drive to work, the morning commute will get a bit longer again. Back to school also means there will be more cars on the road. This month, I would like to address something I have briefly mentioned to you previously: our crumbling infrastructure.

A July 2019 survey conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University found that more than 60% of the people believe the government is not doing enough to maintain our roads, bridges, and tunnels. A few months before, in March, the Star Ledger featured a story highlighting dangerous conditions caused by over salting our roads after a somewhat active winter. In 2016, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave our roads an abysmal grade of D+, further describing them as “mostly below standard.” Since 2016, the gas tax has been increased to 41 cents a gallon and while I was serving as mayor of Wyckoff, the state promised municipalities and residents a healthier infrastructure in exchange of raising the gas tax. The state has certainly kept their promise of increasing the gas tax but has not yet delivered on its promise of better roads. That is embarrassing.

That is why I sponsored Assembly Bill No. 5328 , which requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide additional information in the Annual Report on Pavement Condition and conduct a pavement lifecycle cost analysis. To be clear, this report is required by law and yet it has not been made available since 2016. The public has a right to know if the DOT is prioritizing in keeping our roads, bridges, and tunnels safe. I also joined my colleagues in supporting a bill that enables the DOT to improve efficiency and speed up the time it takes the state to complete road works that is funded through gas tax revenues. It is now up to the Murphy Administration to utilize the tools the legislature gave them.

I never thought that I would be sponsoring legislation that pressures our own DOT to fill potholes caused by its own mismanagement when I was sworn in as Assemblyman. Unfortunately, the Murphy administration has failed our commuters.”

2 thoughts on “Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney : Murphy administration has failed our commuters

  1. Perhaps Mr Rooney can reply to these facts:
    1. In a May 2019 interview, Rooney claimed to represent all the people of NJ, not just the 40th.
    2. Mr Rooney has a 93% favorable rating with the NRA
    3. Mr Rooney ALWAYS votes NO on ALL efforts to restrict gun use in NJ
    4. The vast majority of New Jerseans want more gun control.
    5. NJ school children are terrorized every time their school has a lockdown drill.

    Here’s the question…did Mr Rooney lie when he claimed to represent ALL New Jerseans? Or did he mean just his Trumpublican base?

    1. its called the second amendment, not sure you speak for any majority or can claim to speak for a “majority” , NJ employers are terrified that school kids are virtually illiterate , kids should read more and spend less time with social media and NJEA propaganda

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