Democracy in the COVID Era, Jersey style | Editorial

Given our present circumstances, how many people were tracking the SJTA’s intention to jack the toll on the Atlantic City Expressway by a whopping 47 percent? Shouldn’t the Harrah’s minimum-wage casino cashier driving in from Deptford five times a week be given more notice that her commute will cost her another $1,000 each year?

And when did $16.7 billion budgeted specifically for Turnpike and Parkway road-widening become such a priority that we don’t even discuss what that money could do for public transit projects, such as the Gateway Tunnel?

This is not transparency. Even Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) agrees, “It would seem that these hearings should not take place in this manner at this troubled time.”