New Jersey drivers (and Philadelphians who hit the pump after a trip to Total Wine): Brace yourselves.
The state's notoriously cheap gas may soon come to an end, thanks to a measure passed by the state's Democrat-led Assembly, with support from Gov. Chris Christie.
The New Jersey State Legislature on Tuesday OK'd a measure that would raise that state's gasoline tax by 23 cents per gallon starting Friday. The increase will fund road and bridge work throughout the state, NJ.com reported.
The plan, hastily approved after midnight, will cut the sales tax from 7 to 6 percent, and will reduce income tax on retirement income.
New Jersey's Senate will vote on the measure Thursday.
The state's average gas price falls around $2.10 per gallon, more than 30 cents cheaper than Pennsylvania's and New York's. This increase would bump New Jersey's current gas tax from 14.5 cents per gallon to 37.5 cents. Pennsylvania's gas tax is the highest in the nation, at 51.60 cents per gallon, according to the Tax Foundation, an independent tax policy research group.