Senator Durr Slams Murphy for Gas Tax Increase; Calls on The Legislature to Pass His Gas Credit Bill

New Jersey Republican Senator Ed Durr is slamming the Murphy administration after the Treasury Department announced Friday morning, strategically before the long Labor Day holiday weekend, that the gas tax in New Jersey was being automatically increased 0.9 cents per gallon starting October 1.

“At a time when New Jerseyans are struggling to make ends meet because of high inflation they don’t need another tax increase. Families need legislators who will stand up to bring down the enormous cost of living in New Jersey,” Durr, who represents the 3rd Legislative District, said in a statement.

Durr also called on the Legislature to pass a bill which would provide New Jersey families with a $500 tax credit to provide relief from soaring gas prices and inflation.

“I’m calling on the Legislature to support my bill to provide a gas tax credit to New Jerseyans to offset these needless tax increases and to hold Governor Murphy to his word when he said earlier this year that there would be no new gas tax increases,” Durr continued.

“We know how much Governor Murphy loves to raise taxes on working families to maintain government revenues, but these increases must come to an end. If we don’t act now, regressive gas tax increases are going to become more volatile. The misguided electric vehicle mandates being pushed by the Murphy administration will leave no choice but to raise gas taxes even more in the near future. While the government can’t strong arm you into buying an EV, they can certainly try to make gas-powered cars too expensive to fill up at the pump,” Durr concluded.

Durr’s bill, the “Gas Price and Inflation Tax Credit Act,” was introduced in March of 2022 but has not advanced past the committee.

The bill aims to provide a $500 refundable income tax credit to families with an income less than $250,000 when they file their 2021 tax returns.

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  1. I might be better to repeal the automatic gas tax increases then to write another law.
    Also, what about all the electric vehicles not paying any gas tax, but still using the same roads. Why should the rest of us subsidize their driving?

  2. Electric cars cause double the amount wear to the roads due to their weight.. Nj taxpayers are already giving owners up to 4k in tax credits and 250 off a charger. Also no sales tax when they purchase the car! This is on top of the federal tax rebates!

  3. Please get informed. Voters back in 2016 approved this automatic gas increase if revenues drop below a certain amount. I voted no to this. Chris Christie is responsible for this increase. Governor Murphy can’t do anything about it. Please don’t blame Governor Murphy. Misinformation spreads when people are misinformed.

  4. Stop Voting for Democrats They are very spoiled. We need to end full-service and allow self-service and full-service gasoline at gas stations. We need the Governor to stop making taxes too high. Bring down gas prices.

  5. @Carol
    Murphy can put a repeal on a ballot the same way Christie had it on the ballot. Or, he can create a tax credit to offset the increase – As Durr is demanding.
    It doesn’t help when Murphy creates all these incentives to buy electric cars, which is causing gas consumption to go down…
    Just for the record the sales tax and other taxes were lowered thanks to Christie negotiating the compromise – with inflation and everything costing more $, the sales tax cut is actually a bigger savings than what it was in 2016…

    • All I will repeat is get better informed. This increase isn’t solely due to electric car use. Please don’t be a spreader of misinformation. We are very lucky to live in such a great state. I am born and raised in Ocean County. We can go to beaches and the mountains. We can go to big cities and small towns. If you really don’t like NJ then just like changing the TV or radio stations you can change to a different state.

  6. What good is a TAX CREDIT if you don’t make enough to pay any taxes, i.e. senior citizens? I can’t deduct the credit from my zero tax due but I still have to pay the price at the pump. Yep, screw the senior citizens, make ’em pay.

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