New Jersey congressmen say 'no way' to Manhattan toll plan

New Jersey congressmen say 'no way' to Manhattan toll plan
A truck, left, travels westbound off the George Washington Bridge as commuters line up to cross a toll plaza, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Fort Lee, N.J. U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ-9) held a news conference to announce they plan to fight back against New York City's proposed congestion tax on New Jersey commuters. The congressmen will propose legislation they say will ensure New Jersey motorists, who already pay up to $15 for bridge or tunnel tolls, won't be charged twice. New York's legislature approved a conceptual plan this month. that will allocate revenue to fix the city's mass transit system. New York would become the first American city to use so-called congestion pricing to reduce gridlock and fund mass transit improvements. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — Two New Jersey congressmen are saying “no way” to New York City’s plan to charge motorists a fee for entering Manhattan.

Democrats Josh Gottheimer and Bill Pascrell announced legislation Wednesday to protect New Jersey motorists who already pay up to 5 for bridge or tunnel tolls.

One provision would deny federal transportation funding to New York if New Jersey commuters who pay bridge or tunnel tolls aren’t exempted from the new fee.

Details of the fee plan are being finalized. It won’t go into effect until 2021 and will be used to fix the city’s mass transit system.

Pascrell called it “a raw deal for New Jersey commuters.”

New York would become the first American city to use so-called congestion pricing to decrease congestion and fund mass transit improvements.