Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) spoke with Hudson County View about clashing with Gov. Chris Christie on the proposed nine percent fare hike for NJ Transit and the state budget, as well as if Jersey City is a viable location for a North Jersey casino.Â
“Five years ago, New Jersey Transit raised 22 percent: it was the biggest fare hike in New Jersey history, 22 percent. Now, they’re proposing nine percent,” said Prieto, who also spoke about the issue in a video release from his office earlier this month.
Prieto gave Hudson County View a one-on-one interview after the ceremonies concluded at his Nanina’s in the Park fundraiser in Bellville, where Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise also went after Christie for the latest NJ Transit woes.
Christie and Prieto have also taken opposing stances on the state’s $34 billion budget, with Prieto pushing for the state to meet its “obligation” for pension payments, while Christie says the money for such an endeavor does not exist.
“The economy of New Jersey has not bounced back like the states surrounding us, we have lagged behind,” Prieto stated.
“We need to get creative, do things out of the box, we need to start talking about casinos in the north.”
Prieto then responded as to whether or not Jersey City would be a prime location for a North Jersey casino.