New Jersey governor vetoes toll hike for Delaware Memorial Bridge

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A toll hike on the Delaware Memorial Bridge appears to be in doubt after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy vetoed the recommendation of the commissioners of the Delaware River and Bay Authority.

NJ.com reported the veto of the minutes of DRBA commissioners. That amounts to a veto of the vote of the toll increase. The toll for the bridge had been expected to rise from $4 to $5 for light vehicles.

The Delaware River and Bay Authority spokesman James Salmon said a statement willbe released on Thursday.

Murphy reportedly said proceeds from the toll hike would go beyond funding safety improvements for the bridge.

The DRBA had claimed the toll hike was needed to pay for $400 million in improvements needed to maintain the aging twin spans over the Delaware River.

NJ.com said the veto was believed to be tied to tensions between the governor and State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who has ties to DRBA board members. Both Sweeney and Murphy are Democrats. Sweeney represents a portion of southern New Jersey.

The River and Bay Authority is a two-state commission comprised of New Jersey and Delaware representatives.

Delaware Gov. John Carney had already signed off on the toll increase.

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