- New Jersey has ignored its infrastructure. We now face a growing risk from the deterioration of our roads and bridges. Investing in these assets is not a choice, it is a necessity. The good news is that transparent, clean investment in infrastructure will create jobs for New Jersey residents and grow our state’s economy while simultaneously reducing the amount spent on transportation every year by the average NJ resident.
- Almost half of our roads and one tenth of our bridges have been identified as deficient and in need of repair by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The poor condition of these roads and bridges costs New Jersey residents on average $1,951 in lost time, fuel, and vehicle repairs every year.
- As a State Senator, Byrnes will introduce legislation that requires investment in the infrastructure we use here at the shore. No more Xanadu’s. No more money $4 billion-dollar subway stations in New York City. Decisions regarding large-scale projects cannot be driven by the benefits conferred to consultants, lawyers and engineers who enjoy cozy relationships with unelected commissioners. Byrnes will require that the infrastructure needs of the average New Jersey resident be met through transparent appropriations with a clear purpose. We do not need more tolls or gas tax increases. What we need is responsible stewardship and investment of the money we already generate from tax revenues in this state.
- Byrnes believes in a good investment. As a successful small business owner, he knows we must invest in our state to generate value. Repairing our decaying infrastructure is the first step to bringing new businesses home to New Jersey. New roads mean new jobs for New Jersey.
- Byrnes remembers the New Jersey that built things. Just like you, he sees the sign when he visits our state capital: “Trenton makes, the world takes.” He wants to live in the New Jersey that makes again. Together with you, Byrnes wants to build our state from the ground up, from the roads we drive on to the bridges crossing our many, beautiful rivers.
Plan of Action
- Draft legislation that will ensure tax dollars are spent on infrastructure here at the Jersey Shore.
- Review the Port Authority and establish elected positions to hold the commissioners accountable.
- Fight to invest state dollars in our local infrastructure like storm levees and drain systems.
- Investigate and examine the Turnpike Authority and New Jersey Transit to protect commuters who rely upon the services these entities oversee.