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Biased PolitiFact Stands By Flimsy Toll Hike Ruling

January 03, 2012 J

Last week, AFP alerted our activists about a pending 50% toll increase on the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike.

Embedded in the body of the e-mail was the following statement:

New Jersey taxpayers, the most over-burdened in the nation, will now face the highest tolls in the country with no noticeable improvement in service.

(Note: See below for the full text of the e-mail alert.)

The purpose of this statement was to convey generally that New Jersey motorists are subject to a bevy of high tolls. This includes not just on the Parkway and Turnpike, but other tolls across the state including those at Hudson River crossings, or upon entering Pennsylvania or Delaware.

However, AFP’s statement came under the scrutiny of the Star-Ledger’s PolitiFact, which interpreted the statement to mean only the Parkway and Turnpike.

With their flawed premise in hand, PolitiFact’s Erin O’Neill went to work on justifying an already foregone conclusion: AFP’s statement was, ahem, false.

To do so, O’Neill presented her readers with a bunch of facts about cost per mile. But cost per mile is only one way of understanding a very complex issue.

Such a measure does not, for instance, tell you how often a driver uses a toll road. A road like the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which O’Neill references as costing more than 9 cents a mile, is not likely used as often by Pennsylvania drivers as the Parkway and Turnpike are used by NJ drivers.

As I mentioned in my press statement yesterday, there are numerous factors that would need to be looked at to determine the average in tolls paid per driver.

At any rate, PolitiFact started with a faulty premise and from there went on to a superficial analysis to arrive at their conclusion.

Subsequent to the publishing of their ‘analysis’, AFP has requested a retraction from PolitiFact. Despite AFP’s clarification of the statement, before and after the article was posted I might add, PolitiFact refuses to budge.

In defending their position, PolitiFact claimed to have certain standards before taking a “factual statement” on. However, it should be clear to anyone at this point that those standards are primarily 1) entertainment and 2) ginning up controversy.

Getting at the real truth is certainly not one of them.

Care to give PolitiFact a piece of your mind on this matter? CLICK HERE to comment on their so-called ruling.

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Grab your wallet!

On January 1, 2012 tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, and Atlantic City Expressway will increase a whopping 50%!

How much will this increase affect you? According to the Star-Ledger, “…the average passenger vehicle toll will rise from $2.20 to $3.30 on the Turnpike and 70 cents to $1.05 on the Parkway. The average truck toll will increase from $7.95 to $12.15 on the Turnpike and $1.40 to $2.15 on the Parkway.”

This drastic toll hike is a new tax created by Jon Corzine on the way out the door. Trenton’s elite argued this was to fund the ARC Tunnel into New York City.

But the ARC Tunnel is not being built. Governor Christie rightfully stopped this multi-billion dollar boondoggle.

But the toll hike is still taking effect!

New Jersey taxpayers, the most over-burdened in the nation, will now face the highest tolls in the country with no noticeable improvement in service.

Just more money to pay the lavish six-digit salaries of an army of government bureaucrats!

A bill was passed in the Senate last February to stop the job-destroying tax, but Assembly Leader Joseph Cryan (D-20) stopped the bill without it even making it to the floor for a vote. Assemblyman Cryan reportedly wanted the money to fund more government make-work jobs – at your expense!

Contact Assemblyman Cryan today and tell him what you think of his make-work toll hike!

Think this will make your friends and neighbors angry? Pass this e-mail along to them and let them know why they’ll be paying a lot more to travel the Parkway and the Turnpike in 2012!

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