Vote to Increase Gas Tax in New Jersey Delayed to Friday

A vote on a 23-cent increase on the gas tax in New Jersey has been delayed until Friday, one state senator announced.

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak said the vote on the increase was delayed shortly before noon. 

It comes a week after Gov. Chris Christie announced a deal with state Democratic leaders to increase the tariff. 

The agreement establishes a $2 billion per year trust fund over eight years, along with cuts in the sales and estate taxes and ends a three-month impasse over how to pay for road, bridge and transit work in the state.

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Senate President Steve Sweeney have said they were confident they had the votes for the deal to pass.

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