Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, a Democrat, took a shot at Republican Gov. Chris Christie over the fact that his administration has proposed a nine percent fare increase for NJ Transit, that would also include service cuts.
“I’m the chairman of the North Jersey Transportation and Planning Association, and I see that the Transportation Trust Fund is being bled dry, so there’s no money for investments,” DeGise said at Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto’s (D-32) fundraiser at Nanina’s in the Park in Bellville last night.
He also made note of a press conference in Jersey City earlier in the day, where Mayor Steven Fulop and various other officials, including DeGise and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, denounced the possible changes to NJ Transit (per NJ Spotlight.)
“Investments that have been ignored during this past election. We have a governor right now that’s running for president. He’s an absentee landlord, he’s not around here, and he’s allowing for things to happen. No decision is a decision in itself.”
DeGise concluded by saying that with the help of leaders like Prieto, the Democrats will be “poised” in 2017 to “take this state back.” Fulop is currently a frontrunner to run for the governor’s seat in North Jersey.