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Editorial: Instead of Ceasing Cash at Tolls, New Jersey Should Suspend ALL Tolls During COVID-19 Outbreak

During the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, New Jersey residents have all be asked to do more with less by the state and the federal government. Workers remain at home, losing wages, but one part of the government doesn’t seem to care and that’s the New Jersey Turnpike Authority which oversees the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike and the tolls collected on those roads.

Last week, the authority met to discuss upcoming toll hikes to charge more to drive on their roads.  Today, the authority said it will stop accepting U.S. cash and currency at it’s toll booths for travelers.

“Cash collections have been suspended at all Parkway & Turnpike toll plazas as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Drivers with no EZPass tag in their cars or trucks will be billed by mail at the cash toll rate,” the authority said.

If everyone is being made to do more with less during the global coronavirus pandemic, so should Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

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There should be an immediate suspension of toll collections until the Covid-19 virus pandemic and the associated state of emergency restrictions are lifted.   You’re going to be getting your huge toll increase later in the year, you can do more with less for the next few weeks like the rest of New Jersey is.

 


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