NEW JERSEY (PIX11)—Some New Jersey motorists got the shock of their lives this morning at toll booths.
The second phase of a 2008-approved toll increase kicked in Sunday at 6 a.m.
On the New Jersey Turnpike, tolls went from $2.20 to $3.30, a 53 percent hike; and on the Garden State P,arkway, tolls jumped by 50 percent from $0.70 to $1.05. that means the average commute will cost an extra $24 a week.
According to the Port Authority Of New York And New Jersey, the monies are needed for bridge restoration and widening roads.
Former Gov. Jon Corzine approved the increase as part of a billion-dollar, federal construction project that would've funded the new rail tunnel across the Hudson River connecting New York And New Jersey.
Gov. Chris Christie put the kibosh on the project, saying it was a budget buster. The money now funds other state transportation projects.