While on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, Governor Chris Christie told a former New Jersey resident that he has no plans to raise New Jersey's gas tax, according to reporting by NJ.com.
Christie, fielding a question from a former New Jersey resident who was angered for having to leave the state because of the high cost of living, argued that the state's taxes are already too high, according to NJ.com
"I'll tell you what I'm not going to do, I'm not going to increase the gas tax while you are sitting here and complaining to me about every other tax being too high, but you want me to spend money on roads," Christie said. " Well, I've spent money on roads and we have the second lowest gas tax in America."
It was reported by NJ.com, that in September Christie said that he would not consider raising the state's gas tax in order to replenish the depleting Transportation Trust Fund, unless Democrats would agree to other tax cuts. He said instead he would consider an increase if it included "tax fairness" for New Jersey residents.
According to NJ.com, while at the town hall, Christie also batted away the implication that the Transportation Trust Fund is running low.
"And by the way, the Transportation Trust Fund is not broke, so let's get on that one too," he said.
Christie then added that he has spent $3.2 billion per year during his years as governor on fixing roads and bridges and that the fund is "not broke."