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There was a lot of money behind last year’s push to raise N.J.’s gas tax

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By Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for
on March 02, 2017 at 7:02 PM, updated March 02, 2017 at 7:57 PM

TRENTON — One of the state’s leading proponents in last year’s fight to raise the gas tax for the Transportation Trust Fund spent nearly $4.4 million lobbying last year, according to an Election Law Enforcement Commission analysis.

The Engineers Labor Employer Cooperative more than quadrupled its spending over 2015, making it the highest-spending special interest organization in 2016.

Total lobbying in the state last year reached $68.3 million, a slight drop from the year prior, but still one of the most expensive years on record, the commission said.

The engineers cooperative, embarked on an ad campaign pushing both the 23 cent gasoline tax hike and a constitutional amendment dedicating all tax revenues to the Transportation Trust Fund, beat out even the deep pockets of the New Jersey Education Association, the state’s prominent teachers union.

4 thoughts on “There was a lot of money behind last year’s push to raise N.J.’s gas tax

  1. Always depressing to learn who is picking our pockets. That increase was unprecedented, unconscionable, and possibly illegal.

  2. keep voting for socialists…

  3. I thought money in politics was supposed to be evil?

  4. The sales tax has not been lowered. Every business and service, home contractor, is still charging me 7 percent. What the fuck? what’s goin on?

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